One of the most popular uses of the Internet is to search for information, this can be as simple as using a Google search, or using a reference site.
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Hampshire Libraries provide free access to the latest and most up to date information available from a vast range of reputable sources.
Some of these are only available in the library, but many can be accessed online.
The online information sources include:
General and specialist reference sites
Encyclopedias (eg Britannica, Credo reference, Oxford reference)
Biographical (eg Oxford Dictionary of National Biographies)
Historical (eg Time Digital Archives - from 1785!)
For the reference sources, you will be prompted to enter your Hampshire library card number.
There are also links to useful websites
Wikipedia* is the world's most popular and free online encyclopedia written by individuals. Some of the information is not officially validated, so it should be used with caution for formal research.
- it contains over 10 million articles
- there are thousands of new entries added every day
- over 680 million people will visit Wikipedia in 2008
- over 750,000 contributors are working on new articles all round the world
- it covers anything you could imagine and many new things you can't!
- you can register to be an editor and add to the world's knowledge.
Tip - Students please note, simply copying information from Wikipedia will not impress your teacher as they will spot it!
See Libraries tab for reference online
* Hampshire County Council is not responsible for the content of external websites.