Online information resources  

Encyclopaedia Britannica

Encyclopaedia Britannica the world famous encyclopaedia gives library users access to hundreds of thousands of articles, biographies, videos and images. It's content has been selected by Britannica's team of contributors and editorial staff who ensure it is properly researched and edited. As a result Britannica is a reliable and trusted source of information.

Access to Britannica is available in 3 versions:

  • Britannica Junior – a special version of the encyclopaedia for the young. This version is great for homework and has a good balance of text and images (readership ages 5-11). Take a guided tour of Junior Britannica.
  • Britannica Student a simplified version of Britannica at a reading level appropriate for the developing student. Good for helping with assignments (readership ages 12-18). Take a guided tour of Britannica Student.
  •  Encyclopaedia Britannica Online – the full version with enhanced online features (readership age 18+). Take a guided tour of Encyclopaedia Britannica.


Search SEDAR, the online library catalogue. Library members can also log in to renew and reserve online, check what they have out on loan and see overdues and reservations.

Who Else write like?Who Writes like

Who else write like? is an established reference web resource and reading promotion tool. It is designed to help anyone who enjoys reading fiction to expand the number of writers they read. 

Who Next?

Who Next?  When children ask: “Who can I read next?” or “Who writes like my favourite author?”, the answers are here in Who Next…?  Writers of children’s fiction are listed with suggestions of other authors who write in a similar way, together with key book and series titles.

220Soft - Universal SkillsUniversal Skills

Universal Skills is the online resource for people who need help with
"digital literacy" to become PC users , jobseekers and anyone who receives
benefits -including those following the Universal Credit process. The latest
rates of benefits, eligibility, process and Claimant's Commitment are all
covered. There is even a section to help people get the most from their
"touch screen" device.  

Ancestry Library Edition   

We have subscribed to a popular genealogical website called Ancestry Library Edition. Ancestry is a research tool offering the most comprehensive genealogical information available online.  With more than 13 billion records including census data, vital immigration information,photos, maps and much more in 8,000 unique databases. Available FREE in Stirling Council Libraries.  (Please note that you will not be able to access it from home)

Transparent Language Online

Transparent Language Online is an online language learning course with a variety of interactive exercises to help you learn. 80 languages are available from Afrikaans to Gaelic and Polish. Library members can login with their barcode and create an account easily

Go Citizen

 Go Citizen is for people preparing for the Life UK Test or British Citizenship Test. It includes an online version of the latest study materials plus hundreds of practice test questions.

Theory Test Pro

 Theory Test Pro is a highly realistic online simulation of the UK's driving theory test. It contains the entire official test question bank, hazard perception video clips and an online version of the Highway Code. All this material is licensed from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA), the people who set the tests.

Statistical Accounts of Scotland

Statistical Accounts of Scotland which cover the 1790s and the 1830s, are among the best contemporary reports of life during the agricultural and industrial revolutions in Europe.

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Scran – part of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland – is a history and culture site which lets you learn by directly accessing images, movies, and sounds. There are one million heritage records from museums, galleries, archives and media.

Which? Online

Which? Online – The following libraries have subscriptions to Which? Magazine and the Which? Online website: Balfron, Bridge of Allan, Central, Drymen, Dunblane, St Ninians and Callander. Ask a member of staff to log you in.

Access to research

Access to research to over 10 million Academic articles at participating UK local libraries Get in-depth information on topics including:
art, architecture, business, engineering, history, languages, politics, philosophy, mathematics and the sciences. Ideal for researchers and students, amongst others.