Guided Tour

Access to Blackwell Reference Online is provided on a specially designed online reference platform that gives you the very best in functionality:

  • Sophisticated search options and innovative classification – by subject, person, period, key topic and place – enables users to find information quickly and easily.
  • Quick search on every page allows you to search individual titles or the whole database.
  • Frequent illustrations enhance and illuminate the content.
  • All bibliographic references are OpenURL compliant to allow mediated linking between chapter bibliographies and references with your library services.

Why not take a look for yourself? Go on a guided tour of Blackwell Reference Online here or download it onto your computer in PowerPoint (1440 KB) or PDF (960 KB) format.


From the homepage you can access any title in Blackwell Reference Online either through the subject tree, quicklink or the quick search.

Screenshot of BRO home page

Subject Homepage

Subject homepage is reached by selecting a subject from the subject tree on the Homepage. You can select to search within a single subject from this page.

Screenshot of BRO subject home page

Title Homepage

Each Title Information page is the home page for a book, which may be a single volume or a large multi-volume reference work. You can select to search within a single title from this page.

Screenshot of BRO title home page

Full Text

Full Text pages (the content of books within Blackwell Reference Online) comprise four panes:

  • Bibliographic Details
  • Table of Contents
  • Related Titles
  • Full Text pane

If the page was reached via a search, there is also a Search Results pane containing navigational links at the top of the left-hand column.

Screenshot of BRO full text page


The Explore feature is a means of filtering and browsing chapters and entries included in Blackwell Reference Online according to the subject, place, period, people and/or key topics that they cover. This feature can be accessed by clicking Explore in the main navigation bar, in the top pane of any page of the site.

Screenshot of BRO explore page

Advanced Search

The Advanced Search page can be reached by clicking the link in the navigation bar, in the top pane of any page.

Briefly, to perform a search enter your search term(s) in the Search bar in the left-hand pane, specify any other requirements or restrictions as described below and click SEARCH to proceed.

A group of four check-boxes below the Search bar allow you to specify the types of content that you wish to include in your search. Any combination of Bibliography, Chapter title, Full Text and/or Author is possible.

Screenshot of BRO advanced search page

Search Results

Search Results pages are reached via the Search bar or the Advanced Search page. They allow further refinement of results and browsing of result summaries.

Search Results pages include four panes with the following headings:

  • Search Results
  • Search term
  • Your chosen topics, and
  • Choose your topics

Screenshot of BRO search results page

Library Services

Blackwell Reference Online offers you the full range of library services to enable its seamless integration into your library.

Screenshot of BRO library services page

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