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Library links - Education

Medway Libraries' subject guide to the internet for education and learning

Please note that clicking on the links below will take you away from the Medway Libraries' webpages.


Archive Collections in academic institutions (http://archiveshub.ac.uk/)

A gateway to descriptions of archives in United Kingdom colleges and universities.

Cityark (http://cityark.medway.gov.uk/)

Searchable catalogue of the archive collections at Medway Archives Centre including Imagebase of digitised documents and parish registers.

The National Archives (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/)

National portal for archive collections


Bookboon (http://bookboon.com/uk)

eBooks are free to download without any registration available in three different categories: textbooks, business and travel guides. The books can be downloaded directly in PDF format, and are available in five languages.

Medway Libraries eBook and eAudiobook collection

Free downloads of eBooks and eAudiobooks for loan are available with your Medway library card.

Project Gutenberg (www.gutenberg.org/)

Offers more than 36,000 free ebooks to download to your PC, Kindle, Android, iOS or other portable device. Choose between ePub, Kindle, HTML and simple text formats. No fee or registration is required and all eBooks here have been previously published by by bona fide publishers.

Education (including education statistics)

Bright Young Things Foundation (http://brightyoungthings.co.uk)Photo of "to educate" word from dictionary

Offer free tuition to children living in a low-income household

Channel 4 learning (www.channel4learning.com/)Photo of "to educate" word from dictionary

Excellent primary and secondary school learning resource.

Education Otherwise (www.education-otherwise.org/)

Education otherwise is a United Kingdom -based membership organisation which provides support and information for families whose children are being educated outside school.

Eleven plus exams (www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/)

Useful site for parents with children preparing for the eleven plus exam.

Justin Craig (www.justincraig.ac.uk)

Useful tips for students and parents on here as well as courses at a charge.


School reports (www.ofsted.gov.uk/)

Full text inspection reports from OFSTED, searchable by education authority and school.

Open learn (www.open.ac.uk/openlearn/)

Free higher education for everyone: the Open University is now making its course materials available to everybody.

Right Driver (Rightdriver.co.uk)

Free Highway Code education for car, motorbike, lorry and bus. Available for everyone throughout the UK. No registration or payment is required

Topmarks (www.topmarks.co.uk/)

An educational search engine providing links to educational websites, aimed at children, parents and teachers covering subjects in all key stages of the curriculum.

UCAS (www.ucas.ac.uk/)

The University and Colleges Admissions Service for the UK. You can search for courses or institutions, and the site includes course vacancies during the clearing periods.

Your choice Medway (http://www.yourchoiceinmedway.org.uk/)

Opportunities for learning in Medway, for 14 - 19 year-olds.

Which? University (http://university.which.co.uk/)

Independent source of information and advice for anyone considering higher education. 


Many homework enquires can be answered using Medway Libraries' online resources.

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Ancient Egypt (www.ancientegypt.co.uk/)

Resource from The British Museum with sections on Egyptian life, Geography, Gods and Goddesses, Mummification, Pharaoh, Pyramids, time, trade and writing.

Castles and fortifications in England and Wales (www.ecastles.co.uk/)

This site contains information on over 800 English and Welsh castles, fortified manor houses, Bishop's palaces and Pele towers constructed over the last twenty centuries.

Encyclopedia Mythica (www.pantheon.org/)

An encyclopedia on Myths, folklore and legend

National Geographic (http://www.nationalgeographic.com/)

Free maps, photos, videos and daily news stories, as well as articles and features about animals, the environment, cultures.

Reverse dictionary (www.onelook.com/reverse-dictionary.shtm)

For when you can't find that word you're looking for - type in a description and get a list of alternatives.

Philosophy around the web (http://users.ox.ac.uk/~worc0337/phil_index.html)

Put together by a lecturer at Oxford University, this indexes philosophy sites on the web.

Savage earth (www.pbs.org/wnet/savageearth/animations)

Excellent animations which make geography even more interesting. Includes earthquake, tsunami attack and volcanic eruption.


5 Minute English (http://www.5minuteenglish.uk.com/)

This site offers examples of English language conversations, for those who want to improve their spoken language skills

BBC language course (www.bbc.co.uk/languages/)

Free online courses for beginners, with links to further resources.

Online newspapers (www.onlinenewspapers.com/)

Thousands of world newspapers at your fingertips, in their original language - includes British regional newspapers too.

SIL International (www.sil.org/)

Guide to obscure languages. It includes a catalogue of 6700 languages spoken in 228 countries.

Using English (www.usingenglish.com/)

Provides a large collection of English as a Second Language (ESL) tools and resources for students, teachers, learners and academics.


BBC Learning (www.bbc.co.uk/learning)

Something for everyone. What do you want to learn? Choose a subject and begin

British Library - learning  (www.bl.uk/learning)

The British Library encourages people to think about big ideas, interpret sources and do their own research." Resources for students, teachers and the general public.

City and Guilds (http://www.cityandguilds.com/)

Vocational education and training

Driving Theory Tests (www.direct.gov.uk/en/Diol1/DoItOnline/DG_4017669)

Online tests where you can check your driving theory skills, from the Driving Standards Agency.

Hot Courses (http://www.hotcourses.com/)

The UKs number 1 searchable database of courses

Learn direct (http://www.learndirect.com)

Improve your job prospects with a nationally recognised qualification.

The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) (www.niace.org.uk/)

Aims to encourage all adults to engage in learning of all kinds.  A charity working with adult learners, local authorities, government departments and agencies, voluntary bodies, charitable trusts, adult education providers, trade unions, employers and European funders.

Open Culture (http://www.openculture.com/)

Extensive website bringing together free high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community, including free eBooks, films and documentaries, accredited courses including languages, children's educational resources and more. 

UK online (http://www.ukonlinecentres.com/)

Find a local place to start free or low cost computer courses.

Libraries and library catalogues

British Library (http://blpc.bl.uk/)Photo of Gillingham Library

A gateway to a major research catalogue in the United Kingdom.

COPAC (http://copac.ac.uk/)

The Copac® library catalogue gives free access to the merged online catalogues of many major University, Specialist, and National Libraries in the UK and Ireland, including the British Library.

Internet public library (www.ipl.org/)

Started and funded by the School of Information and Library Studies at the University of Michigan, this is the Internet's first independent public library, dedicated to linking to quality Internet resources.

Library of Congress catalogue (https://catalog.loc.gov/)

The most important library catalogue for the United States with links to many other academic institutions.

Medway Libraries catalogue (https://medway.spydus.co.uk/)

Look up books, reserve items, look at your borrower record. Ask at your local library for your PIN number.

Virtual Library (http://vlib.org/)

A guide to high-quality resources on the Internet. The Virtual Library was founded by Tim Berners-Lee, father of the World Wide Web.

WorldCat (www.worldcat.org/)

Connects you to the collections and services of more than 10,000 libraries worldwide.