Internet Sources

Useful sites for business, humanities, law, science & general reference

Search Engines
A few of the more popular search engines
UK national information, government, travel information,
A selection of websites for business and economics
Includes UK eLib projects
A selection of useful sites
Websites for Applied Computing, Medicine and Psychology
Links to other libraries and eLib
Gateway to other universities
Open Access
Links to open access resources
Film resources
Sound recordings
Resources for Education students
Security and Intelligence Studies
Resources for BUCSIS students

Search Engines

A9Search engine with related websites to your search, plus history and bookmark function.
AllSearchEnginesSimultaneous searching of the six best UK specific search engines.
AltaVistaAlta Vista has advanced search facility. Searches the Web and Usenet.
Ask JeevesAsk a question and Ask Jeeves will try and answer it.
Formerly MSN Search. Has a quick link to worldwide search sites, e.g. Canada, France, Germany, UK & US.
DuckDuckGoThe search engine that does not track you.
GoogleA fast & effective search engine, using PageRank as a relevance ranking method. See the site for further details.
Google Book SearchGoogle book search from publishers and libraries.
Google ScholarFull-text indexing of academic materials.
IxquickMetasearch engine. Searches several search engines at once. Also search news, MP3 or pictures only.
RefDeskA whole host of different reference resources on one site.
A website on the effective use of search engines.
WebcrawlerRates and reviews websites. Subject search.
YahooSubject search or search across all of the categories together. Worldwide.
Yahoo – UK & Ireland Subject search – UK & Ireland.
ZanranSearch engine for data and statistics. Finds semi-structured data such as numerical data presented as graphs, tables and charts on the Web.

General Reference“Great books online” under categories: Reference, Verse, Fiction & Nonfiction.
Online learning, support and advice.
BBC sites, including news, weather, World Service and education.
Big FootAn email and telephone directory.
Biographical DictionaryContains over 28,000 entries.
British Library NetEasy access to a wide range of information resources, including online catalogues, libraries, museums, art collections, global news, journals, etc. Registration is required but it is free.
BT PhoneNet UK
BT telephone directory (follow links to Phone Book).
Buckinghamshire Online LibraryOnline information and subscription services for members of Buckinghamshire public libraries.
Bucks County CouncilLocal community information and links. Travel information.
Enter a word to find its meaning in five dictionaries.
The UK‘s reproduction rights organisation.
Currency ConverterDollars to Pounds, Euros to Yen – it’s all here!
Economist Country Briefings Source of country information.
ESRC Society Now (formerly Regard)Information on research projects funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.
Links for embassies and visa information.
EuropaThe European Union website.
Europeana Cultural heritage portal: explore the digital resources of Europe’s galleries, museums, libraries, archives and audiovisual collections.
Electronic yellow pages.
Free PintRankings of Business Schools, etc.
GOV.UKStraight through to public services
HobsonsGuide to information on careers and courses.
How far is it?Distance calculator between cities, worldwide coverage.
Lists over 25,000 chartered accountant firms worldwide.
InfopleaseWeb-based encyclopedia.
IntuteA major academic gateway to high-quality websites evolved from RDN (Research Discovery Network).
Librarian’s Index to the InternetA guide to described and evaluated internet resources.
The official website for Milton Keynes and North Bucks.
National Rail EnquiriesRail travel information.
National Statistics Online
UK official statistics reflecting Britain’s economy, population & society.
Palgrave Study SkillsResources from Palgrave with practical advice to help you study effectively.
Pinakes Subject LaunchpadThe gateway to subject gateways.
Plagiarism –
test your understanding
Short online test from the University of Essex showing what is meant by plagiarism.
Postcodes OnlineYou can make 20 searches in a 24-hour period but you need to register first. Registration is free.
Roget’s ThesaurusRoget’s II: the new thesaurus. 3rd ed. Contains 35,000 synonyms and over 250,000 cross-references.
Royal MailThe website for information on Royal Mail services, including postal rates, postcodes, etc.
Successful research on the Web Training courses available both within the University and externally run with PResS.
Website of The Stationery Office.
Wayback Machine An internet archive of more than a billion pages.
Web ArchiveBritish Library UK web archive
World ClockDisplays local time in key locations worldwide.
World FactbookA country information reference source supplied by the US Central Intelligence Agency.
World InfoZoneAn international educational resource providing referenced information on country studies, business, history, religion, literature, music, art, sport and news.
WWW Virtual Library Good quality guide to sections of the web with key links.


This site contains the BBC listings information which the BBC printed in Radio Times between 1923 and 2009. Use the Genome search function to find thousands of radio and TV programmes that are available to view or listen to on the BBC website.
A directory of online research resources in the humanities and social sciences.
Brings to life the social, political and cultural context in which key works of literature were written. Enjoy digitised treasures from the BL collection, newly commissioned articles and short documentary films
CAINConflict Archive on the INternet: the Northern Ireland conflict.
Documentary HeavenA database of free documentaries covering a wide range of subjects.
Famous Quotes and AuthorsOnline quotation dictionary.
Historical AssociationWebsite of the Historical Association, with a ‘Members Only’ section.
HISTORYInstitute of Historical Research information gateway.
Hold the Front PageNews, jobs and resources for UK journalists.
Independent VoicesA digital collection of alternative press newspapers, magazines and journals, drawn from the special collections of participating libraries.
Free access to the full texts of thousands of documents relating to the politics of the last quarter of a century.
News Media AssociationPromotes the shared interests of national, regional and local news media publishers in the UK.
Gateway to significant sources relevant to political science, maintained by Richard Kimber.
Resource for Urban Development International
Ultimate Shakespeare Resource GuideWhether you’re searching for inspiration, working on a research project, or just want to know what gave The Bard of Avon his incredible staying power, read on for some of the best Shakespeare resources on the Web.


AccessToLawLegal Resources selected and annotated by Inner Temple Library.
AIRE Centre A database that monitors, reports and comments on developments at the ECHR and domestically in Family Law cases.
British and Irish Legal Information Institute website.
Citing the lawHow to cite primary and secondary sources of law
Electronic Information System for International Law.
Europa External Trade.
EU Justis daily bulletinsDaily bulletins on EU legislation.
Eur-LexPortal to European Union law.
European Law MonitorInformation about proposed EU legislation.
FLAG – Foreign Law Guide Gateway to the holdings of foreign, international and comparative law in UK universities / national libraries.
Flare Index to TreatiesWeb index to 1500 multilateral treaties.
HUDOCEuropean Court of Human Rights database of ECHR case law.
Incorporated Council of Law ReportingFree daily source of reportable case summaries.
InfolawGateway to UK legal information.
Intellectual Property
UK intellectual property website.
International Court of JusticeUseful for International Law.
Law CommissionLaw Commission recent publications, and law under review.
LawboreCovers legal subjects and gives the top Web links, articles and cases, some of which need Athens authentication.
LawcrawlerLegal search engine.
LawlinksLegal information on the Internet.
Legal abbreviations online Cardiff index to legal abbreviations online.
LegaleaseAccess to the Legal 500 series, Courts & agency directory, Legal experts directory, International legal news, Student law centre, etc.
Legislation (Official UK site) UK legislation in original and revised versions.
Monitoring the decision-making process in the EUA site that monitors the process of decisions between European Commission and other institutions.
MootingNetA Web resource for mooters in England and Wales.
OSCOLAThe Oxford University Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities.
ParliamentIncludes recent bills and legislation.
Solicitors OnlineInformation about law firms and solicitors in England and Wales.
Sweet & Maxwell Publisher website with useful links and academic section.
UNUseful for International Law.
UN Treaty CollectionsIncludes the UN Treaty Series, etc. (Free to students and academic researchers. Request a username and password from )
United States Trade US trade representative.
World Trade Law site A database of all GATT and WTO cases.
World Trade OrganizationDispute settlement rulings by country.


WorldWideScienceWorldwide Science gateway

Applied Computing

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)The world’s largest educational and scientific computing society.
British Computer Society (BCS)The Chartered Institute for IT.
CiteSeerXDigital library and search engine mainly for computer and information science.
CoRR, Computing Research RepositoryAn online repository of academic papers.
Data MiningUseful website for data mining.
FOLDOCFree online dictionary of computing and miscellaneous links which includes useful reference section.
Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA)Learned and professional UK society.
JavaThe source for Java technology.
NIST Digital Library of Mathematical FunctionsA free electronic version of the NIST Handbook of Mathematical Functions.
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)Builds co-operation between mathematics and the worlds of science and technology.
Virtual Training Suite for Computer Science and InformaticsDeveloping Internet research skills.


For medical resources please visit the Library section on Moodle


Association for Psychological ScienceAssociation for Psychological Science with psychology links.
British Psychological SocietyBritish Psychological Society.
Perception journalPerception journal online.
Psychology (British Academy)The British Academy’s directory of online resources.
PsychNet- UK A website for mental health professionals.
PubPsychOpen access search portal to psychology information.
Virtual Training SuiteInternet psychology tutorial to practise your skills (select Psychology)


  • British Library. Website of UK’s national library.
  • British Library Public Catalogue. Free online access to over 10 million records of items in the British Library. Also available through COPAC.
  • COPAC. A national Online Public Access Catalogue, providing unified access to the online catalogues of some of the largest university research libraries in the UK and Ireland. Includes access to the British Library Public Catalogue.
  • eLib. The Electronic Libraries Programme, funded by the Joint Information Systems Committee.
  • ETHOS. Electronic Theses Online Service opening access to UK theses.
  • European Library. Online portal to access the collections of the 48 National Libraries of Europe and leading European Research Libraries
  • find it! A guide to Library collections in England.
  • Google Book Search. Google book search from publishers and libraries.
  • ICAEW Library and Information Service. Website of the library of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
  • Index to theses database from 1970 onwards, contains titles and abstracts of theses accepted by universities of GB and Ireland.
  • Library of Congress Online Catalog – and other specialised catalogues.
  • London Library. A subscription library with an extensive collection of books and periodicals in the arts and humanities.
  • Sherpa. Electronic access to academic research held in institutional repositories.

Gateway to UK universities

  • UK sensitivity maps. The University of Wolverhampton – gateway to UK universities, colleges and research sites.

Open Access

  • Creative Commons. A useful resource for open access images and other works.
  • DOAJ. Directory of Open Access Journals – covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals.
  • OpenDOAR. An authoritative directory of academic open access repositories.
  • OAIster. A collection of previously difficult-to-access, academically-orientated digital resources, a project of the University of Michigan Digital Library Production Service.
  • PubMed. Citations for biomedical literature.


  • BFI Inview. British history in film.
  • EU Screen. Free online access to videos, stills, texts and audio from European broadcasters and audiovisual archives. Explore selected content from early 1900 until today. Aims to offer a single point of access to over 30,000 items of programme content and complementary contextual information through one freely accessible online portal. Funded by the European Commission within the eContentplus programme project. The consortium is made up of 28 partners and 9 associate partners from 20 European countries UK partners include the BBC.  This includes documentary, entertainment, new broadcast clips.
  • Public information films from the National Archives. Free access to a collection of 20th Century UK government films.
  • FedFlix. Collaboration between the National Technical Information Service and Public.Resource.Org. Provides free access to historic films from the American government.
  • TED. Ideas worth spreading: inspirational talks from world leaders in politics, information technology and academic fields. Good coverage of business, science and world issues
  • The leading site for engaging video programmes from conferences, summits, public forums, university debates and think tanks across the globe


  • Archival Sound Recordings.12,000 selected recordings of music, spoken word and human and natural environments.
  • Poetry Archive.Online collection of recordings of poets reading their work.


  • Education in Video. Online collection of streaming video developed specifically for training and developing teachers.
  • ERIC. The Education Resources Information Center, the world’s premier database of journal and non-journal education literature.
  • National Foundation for Educational Research. Website of the National Foundation for Educational Research.

Security and Intelligence Studies