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Lexico.com is a new collaboration between Dictionary.com and Oxford University Press (OUP) to help users worldwide with everyday language challenges. Lexico is powered by Oxford’s free English and Spanish dictionaries and features multi-language dictionary, thesaurus, and translation content.

As it’s powered by Oxford, the world language data experts, you can be sure you’re getting the most accurate and consise information.

You can find the correct spelling, useage and history of words and phrases. For example, rhinoceros come’s from Middle English, via Latin from the Greek meaning ‘nose horn’. You can also find out about the word of the year and a new word of the day each day.

The complete list of features at the time of writing is below:

  • English Dictionary
  • US Dictionary
  • Spanish Dictionary
  • English – Spanish Translator

  • Synonyms
  • Spelling Tips
  • Punctuation Tips
  • Writing Tips

  • Usage
  • Word Origins
  • Language Questions
  • Word Lists

The extensive blog and articles are filled with tips and informative posts about the varities of words we use and how to use them right.

Did you know?

MASSOLIT provides high-quality videos presented by academics which aim to provide something for students who want to push themselves and to engage with interesting ideas and critical discussions. Video cover a range of topic areas across the following subjects:

  • Philosophy
  • English
  • Classics
  • Politics
  • Psychology
  • History

Link here

Open Book Publishers

Open Book Publishers are the leading independent Open Access publisher in the Humanities and Social Sciences in the UK: a not-for-profit Social Enterprise run by scholars who are committed to making high-quality research freely available to readers around the world. Their site currently offers 173 EBooks that cover a broad range of subjects.

Link for access.

JSTOR

Despite its title, JSTOR Secondary Schools Collections is a specially created package of over 2,700 archival journals and four primary source collections covering the arts, sciences, and business that contains a range of content that will be useful for Barton Peveril students.

Username: jcs010

Password: Hypothesis

Currently available until 20th May 2020.

Link for access.

Emergency Library

The Internet Archive is making the 1.4 million books in its lending library available for free worldwide as digital books via Open Library!

All you need to do is set up an account and you can access up to 10 books online at a time and read them on devices.

Whether you need textbooks, classic literature, genre fiction or just a good read, it’s worth a look.You can also create and share reading lists, browse by genre and share what you’re reading on social media.

Link for access.

Project Muse

AdvertisingArtsCriminologyDrama and Theatre StudiesEnglishFilmHistoryLawMathematicsMedicineMusicPhilosophyPhotographyPoliticsReligious StudiesScienceSociologySport

A large number of universities and other academic institutions are making eBooks and digital journals and articles freely accessible via Project Muse. At present, there are 15000 + books and 230 + journals available, with more being added regularly These resources cover a great variety of subjects and topics. Visit the Project Muse website via the link below for links to all participating institutions.

Access is available until 30th June 2020 – please be aware of this.

Link for access.

ClickView is a video content learning resource platform that currently provides free access to content for AS and A Level subjects (while lockdown is in place) including:

  • Art & Design
  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Music
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Personal Development, Careers, Health and Study Skills

We are currently unsure of how long we have access to this resource for – please be aware of this.

Access ClickView Videos for AS / A Level with this link

University of Michigan Publishers has made their digital and ebook collection free and accessible to all. It specialises in humanities and social sciences but covers many other academic disciplines. Resources focus on subjects including:

  • History
  • Politics
  • Drama
  • Law
  • Sociology
  • Literature
  • Media Studies
  • Classics
  • Religion
  • Jazz
  • Environmental Studies
  • Business and Economics
  • Art

This is currently available until 30th June 2020.

Link for access.

Examines novels from various cultures and time periods and provides academic critique. This includes classic novels such as Frankenstein, The Bluest Eye and Catch 22 but also more recent releases such as The Fault in Our Stars and Harry Potter. Includes discussions of plot, characters, themes and structure as well as the work’s cultural and historical significance. Really useful for an introduction and overview to a novel.

We are currently unsure of how long we have access to this resource for – please be aware of this.

Link for access.

A range of eBook resources and collections made available by Manchester University Press. These include

  • Manchester Film Studies
  • Manchester Gothic
  • Manchester History of Medicine
  • Manchester Literature Studies
  • Manchester Medieval Sources online
  • Manchester Political Studies
  • Manchester Religious Studies

Access is open to all until 30 June 2020. You can access via institutional login but you may need to reset your password. Please email library@barton.ac.uk for access assistance if required.

Link for access.