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Access to Research

Students and independent researchers can now access many of the world’s best academic papers from leading publishers who have made their journal content available for free. Start now by viewing which articles and journals are available from home, then find a participating library where you can view the full text.

Please Note:

There are now over 15million academic articles included in the service,  however not every article in every journal has been made available for free access. If you click ‘Browse all Journals’ on the Access to Research page  then any articles returned in this search will be free to access. Alternatively, using the search box will direct you to online search delivery service called Summon, where most, but not all articles are free.

If you have any query regarding an article or access, please contact Access to Research directly HERE.

Which? Online and Which? Local

The Which? Magazine is now available as an online resource from Waltham Forest Libraries.  Please visit your local library as this resource can only be accessed from within Waltham Forest Libraries.

Which? is an independent charity, focused on providing unbiased consumer advice. Products such as televisions, fridges and mobile phones are tested and rated. Which? Online and Which? Local are available in all our libraries, just ask a member of staff to log you on.

Access from library premises only.

Encyclopaedia Britannica

The world famous encyclopaedia is now available in three editions:




Credo Reference

 An easy to use tool for research projects and homework.

A giant online collection that searches hundreds of encyclopaedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations and subject specific titles as well as 200,000+ images and audio files and nearly 100 videos.

Issues Online

A comprehensive reference source addressing contemporary social issues. With more than sixty topics to choose from, Issues Online provides a wide range of information including: articles with news and views on each topic, key facts, key statistics, lobby group links, newspaper archives, reference sites, research guides and glossaries. Why spend hours trawling the web when Issues Online provides articles, statistics and links at your fingertips.

Oxford Reference Online

Contains over 170 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press. It is a fully-indexed, cross-searchable database of these books, giving subscribers unprecedented access to a comprehensive information resource.


Oxford English Dictionary

The definitive dictionary of the English Language. It also traces the evolution of more than 600,000 words over the last 1,500 years through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of sources: from classic literature and periodicals to film scripts and pop songs.


Oxford Language Dictionaries

The Oxford Language Dictionaries Online covers Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish. This resource contains fully searchable, comprehensive bilingual dictionaries together with study materials. The Oxford Language Web, a new feature offers translations in 13 languages including Arabic, Polish, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean and Thai.

 Oxford Islamic Studies

This comprehensive reference centre provides information on the history, peoples, beliefs, individuals and cultures that constitute the world of Islam.


Oxford Bibliographies

Oxford Bibliographies provides faculty and students alike with a seamless pathway to the most accurate and reliable resources for a variety of academic topics. Every article in our database is an authoritative guide to the current scholarship, written and reviewed by academic experts, with original commentary and annotations.

Very Short Introductions Online

The Very Short Introductions online resource provides the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. You can search across several titles at once, consider study options, embark on a new topic, or revise a particular subject.



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