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Library links - Education
Medway Libraries' subject guide to the internet for education
Please note that clicking on the links below will take you away
from the Medway Libraries' webpages.
Archive Collections in academic institutions
A gateway to descriptions of archives in United Kingdom colleges
Searchable catalogue of the archive
collections at Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre
including Imagebase of digitised documents and parish
The National Archives (www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/)
National portal for archive collections
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)
Offer free tuition to children living
in a low-income household
Channel 4 learning (www.channel4learning.com/)
Excellent primary and secondary school
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
Justin Craig (www.justincraig.ac.uk)
Useful tips for students and parents on here as well as courses
at a charge.
Learn.co.uk from The Guardian
Vast range of teaching resources including
revision aids and excellent links.
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
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
An educational search engine providing links
to educational websites, aimed at children, parents and teachers
covering subjects in all key stages of the curriculum.
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 -
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'
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
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
National Geographic (http://www.nationalgeographic.com/)
Free maps, photos, videos and daily news
stories, as well as articles and features about animals, the
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
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
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
BBC Learning (www.bbc.co.uk/learning)
Something for everyone. What do you want to
learn? Choose a subject and begin
British Library -
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 (www.learndirect.co.uk/)
Improve your job prospects with a nationally
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
Libraries and library catalogues
British Library (http://blpc.bl.uk/)
A gateway to a major research catalogue in the United
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
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 (http://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.
Connects you to the collections and services of more than 10,000