Research and Reference eResources

Catalogue search


Research and Reference eResources

Encyclopaedias, dictionaries and research. Check facts, quotations and historical biographies and acadmeic research papers.


Oxford University Press’s What Everyone Needs to Know® series offers a balanced and authoritative primer on complex current event issues and countries, spanning across popular topics and disciplines including Politics, Economics, Sciences, and Religion.

Oxford Dictionaries logo

Oxford Dictionaries is an easy to use resource for quick definitions, quizzes, spelling and grammar tips.


Oxford English Dictionary (OED) is the authoritative English language dictionary. As well as finding present-day meanings in the >OED, you will also find the history of individual words, and of the language—traced through 3 million quotations, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books.

Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland logo

This dictionary is the ultimate reference work on family names of the UK, covering English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish, Cornish, and immigrant surnames. It includes every surname that currently has more than 100 bearers, and those that had more than 20 bearers in the 1881 census.

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (ODNB) is a collection of over 60,000 biographies of significant, influential or notorious figures who shaped British history.


Oxford Research Encyclopedias (ORE) offers long-form overview articles to cover a wide range of disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Articles are written and peer- reviewed by experts of the topic in accessible language so readers can gain an understanding in half an hour of reading or less.  

Oxford Reference is the premier online reference product, spanning 25 different subject areas, bringing together 2 million digitized entries across Oxford University Press’s Dictionaries, Companions and Encyclopedias.

Access to Research gives students and independent researchers free access to many of the world’s best academic papers from leading publishers. Subjects include art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, politics, philosophy, mathematics and the sciences. Full text available within all Glasgow Libraries however abstracts and Open Source material can also be accessed from home. 

Proquest contains trade as well as academic journals and reports to facilitate your research.