If you are learning to drive a car, motor bike, passenger vehicle or heavy goods vehicle, Theory Test Pro is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory test. It contains the entire official test question bank, hazard perception video clips and an online version of the Highway Code.
All this material is licensed from the Driving Standards Agency (the people who set the test). It's free to use, but you do need to register so sign up and have a practice (you will need a Barking and Dagenham library card an email address and registration on the site is required).
Go Citizen is an online study resource for people preparing for the Life in the UK test or British citizenship test.
It is a comprehensive study package. It includes an online version of the latest official study materials licensed from the Home Office, the people who write the handbook plus hundreds of practice test questions in the same format as the official test (you will need a Barking and Dagenham library card an email address and registration on the site is required).
Tense Buster – English grammar practice
Improve your grammar in 6 weeks
To speak and write good English, you need good grammar.
Tense Buster will help you to understand key areas of grammar in English:
There are 5 levels from Elementary to Advanced.
Each unit presents and explains the grammar, and provides lots of practice activities.
The focus is on grammar, but it's done within a context of reading, listening and pronunciation activities.
The site includes:
It's suitable for anyone wishing to improve their understanding of English grammar and is also suitable for ESOL students at A2 level and above.
6 Week Course option
With your library card and e-mail address you have the option of signing up for a 6 week course.
Using this option you can take a quick level test, input your email address and receive a link to a new unit suitable for your level every week for six weeks to practice.
The library service subscribes to a number of online services, bringing information to your door! You can also practice for your driving theory test and Life in the UK Citizenship test online too. You can access any of these services using your Barking and Dagenham library card number from any internet connected computer. Scroll down this page to find and log in to all the services available.
These services are free to Barking and Dagenham library members, so to access them just type in your full library card number at the library card login option on each site and begin searching. The services available are:
E-Resources available 24/7
Over 500 reference books are available from our Credo Reference service. If you are looking for information on the arts, business, geography, medicine and social sciences this is a good site to use. The subject coverage is similar to Oxford Reference but includes most other major publishers. It can also link your search to our online catalogue. Credo titles available.
Issues A comprehensive reference source with articles addressing contemporary social issues, e.g. rights and discrimination, drugs, crime and the environment. Very useful for school projects and general interest.
Oxford dictionaries This site has up-to-date online dictionaries, thesauruses, and language reference resources. It offers quick search access to definitions of words and phrases, with guidance on style and usage, grammar, and spelling; plus specialist guides for legal and technical writing
Newsbank provides online access to UK national, local and regional newspapers and also 120 international titles from around the world. There is access to current and archived editions of newspapers and news services of the titles available. Searches can be made from a single newspaper or a combination of titles, or by date.
Computers and IT Training
The ComputerSchool provides up to date IT-based lessons and tutorials categorised into one user friendly Computer & Technology Training Directory.
- Computer Basics
- Technology Basics
- Tablets and Mobile Devices
- Social Media and Networking
- Digital Photography
and much more.
All content is presented in easy-to-follow "quick lesson" formats with clear, precise, step-by-step instructions guiding you all the way from Beginner to an Advanced level of understanding, or anywhere in between!
Quick lesson education for the most commonly used computer and technology programs, devices and applications.
Oxford Reference Online – Premium - The premium collection contains over 200 reference titles including dictionary, language reference, encyclopaedia and the Oxford Companion series of books searchable online. Everything from Art to Zoology. New and revised titles are added regularly.
To search just enter your library bar code number in the library log in box. If your card starts with 28069 you will need to type in lbbd before the number. (See a List of books available and Subjects covered)
The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography website has biographies of 50,000 people who shaped the history of the British Isles and beyond from earliest times to the year 2002. Just enter LBBD then your library bar code number in the library log in box.
Oxford Language Dictionaries contains bilingual language content in a range of languages. Currently these are Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish. The language web feature allows translation in a further 5 languages - Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Polish and Portuguese.
Ziptales helps to make reading fun!
The online library consists of over 550 interactive stories and activities with:
- voice overs
and more for children aged 4 – 12+ years.
Based on National Curriculum and suitable for Key Stages 1 and 2 and the International Baccalaureate (IB).
The online version of the current Who's Who and Who Was Who. It contains over 33,000 short biographies of current famous people, and biographies from the who's who archive. Just enter LBBD then your library bar code number in the library log in box.
The Oxford Art Online website has information on the arts from early times to the present day. Includes links to art galleries and collections world. Just enter LBBD then your library bar code number in the library log in box.
The Oxford Music Online website has online information on musical styles from Baroque to Hip Hop, and information on musical instruments from around the world and features sound clips. Just enter LBBD then your library bar code number in the library log in box.
CANS information has accurate and up-to-date legal information on British and European law. Relevant and updated daily, it is a complete legal resource for anyone with a question about the rights and responsibilities associated with living and working in Britain