Research Databases

Find articles from newspapers, magazines and academic journals, as well as essays, encyclopedias and reference books.

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Academic Search Elite is a core source of scholarly information from over 4700 journals, 4000 of which are peer-reviewed, with content going as far back as 1985.
Subjects include: Multidisciplinary - This database covers all subject areas..

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Get started on your family history research. Access the complete content from the world’s largest online genealogy resource, free to library users.
Subjects include: genealogy, family history.

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Australasian Video Online is an online streaming database of documentary and educational videos from many of Australasia’s top video publishers.
Subjects include: indigenous issues, cultural studies, environmental studies, anthropology, immigration studies, and Asian studies.

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This resource combines Australasian magazines, newspapers, newswires and reference books covering all subject areas to create the largest collection of regional full-text content available.
Subjects include: multidisiplinary - this database covers all subject areas.

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BDA is a research tool for historians and genealogists comprising transcripts and indexes of many original records and published biographies of deceased individuals who arrived in or were born in Australia, starting from the earliest times.
Subjects include: genealogy, family history.

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Britannica Image Quest provides access to more than two million images from the best collections in the world.
Subjects include: Homework help, pictures.

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This resource contains content from Encyclopedia Britannica, the world's premier english language encyclopedia.
Subjects include: general reference, homework help.

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The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership between the British Library and findmypast to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the vast collection of the British Library.
Subjects include: history, genealogy, family history.

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Consumer Health Complete is a collection of health journals, books, encyclopedias and pamphlets designed to provide information for patients in plain language.
Subjects include: health, medicine, aging, drugs & alcohol, alternative therapies, fitness, nutrition.

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A growing collection of titles (currently over 100) from Australia's premier science publisher available to read online or download in ebook format.
Subjects include: science, Australian animals, ecology, environmental management, climate, sustainability, gardening, archaeology..

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With a collection of over 33,000 titles chosen specifically for public libraries, this general reference collection features both non-fiction and fiction titles for both adults and children.
Subjects include: Multidisciplinary - This database covers all subject areas.

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This collection contains legal Information about the law in NSW for members of the community facing a legal problem or issue.
Subjects include: family law, housing & neighbours, wills & estate planning, crime, debt, going to court, employment, dispute resolution, consumer law, compensation.

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All Find My Past collections in one place. Find people and places in millions of Australian, New Zealand, United Kingdom & Ireland family and local history records.
Subjects include: genealogy, family history.

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GVRL is a keyword searchable collection of reference eBooks covering a wide range of subjects from science to history and arts.
Subjects include: Arts, biography, business, education, environment, history, literature, health & medicine, multicultural studies and world history, religion, science and social science.

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Search GreenFILE for references to scholarly research on all aspects of the environment.
Subjects include: Climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling.

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This resource contains essays, book chapters and primary source material covering Australian history & the two World Wars.
Subjects include: Australian history, World War I, World War II, modern history and ancient history.

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History Reference Center is an extensive full-text history reference database designed for secondary schools, public libraries and undergraduate research.
Subjects include: ancient history, modern history, wars, American history.

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This database offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast.
Subjects include: Arts and crafts, collecting, model building, needlecraft & textiles and scrapbooking & papercrafts.

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A collection of more than 20 digital reference books. View a single book or search all titles by keyword. Infobase ebooks are recommended for high school students and up.
Subjects include: Ancient history, literature, religion and philosophy.

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Digitised versions of historical records from New South Wales covering the period from 1850-1920.
Subjects include: genealogy, family history.

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Designed specifically for library workers, LISTA indexes more than 500 periodicals, plus books, research reports and conference proceedings.
Subjects include: Librarianship, information management, information storage & retrieval and the Internet..

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Literary Reference Center provides users with information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes.
Subjects include: reading and literature.

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Find scholarly articles on any subject. MasterFILE Complete contains full text article content from nearly 2,200 periodicals and over 1000 reference books across all subjects.
Subjects include: multidisciplinary - this database covers all subject areas.

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Comprising the Building Code & the Plumbing Code, the National Construction Code regulates building standards throughout Australia.
Subjects include: Building & construction, design, plumbing & drainage.

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NoveList is a reader's guide to fiction and non-fiction. Find reading suggestions based on authors or titles you like, genres or styles.
Subjects include: reading & literature, reader's guides, children's literature reader's guides.

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Points of View is a full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue.
Subjects include: Issues including abortion, animal experimentation, climate change, cloning, freedom of speech, population growth, and more.

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Salem History is an excellent source of biographical information about key people and events in world history and religion. Inventors, scientists, rulers, artists and more.
Subjects include: Ancient History, 20th Century history, inventors and inventions, religion, rulers, ecosystems.

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Designed to meet every student's science research needs, this database contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources.
Subjects include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics and computers.

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Need to view an Australian Standard? the Public Library Service provides a comprehensive online collection of Australian Standards.
Subjects include: building & construction, technical materials and design.

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The #1 source of information about the history of the Sutherland Shire. Find people, places and events from the earliest days of the Shire onwards.
Subjects include: Sutherland Shire history, Sutherland Shire Council minutes.

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This index contains references to selected articles in local newspapers including the Leader, The Pictorial, Engadine District News and more from 1986 onwards.
Subjects include: Sutherland Shire history, Sutherland Shire Council minutes.

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Search full digitised reproductions of every edition of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Sun-Herald between 1955-1995, including pictures, personal notices, advertisements and more.
Subjects include: Australian history, genealogy.

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Browse or search digital reproductions of the Sydney Morning Herald from 2006 onwards.
Subjects include: newspaper articles, current affairs.

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Looking for children's stories on moving house, rabbits going to the doctor or bullying? The Source is the answer.
Subjects include: children's literature, reader's guides.

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Theatre in Video contains more than 250 definitive performances of the world‘s leading plays, together with more than 100 film documentaries, online in streaming video
Subjects include: theatre, drama, HSC English.

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Search hundreds of millions of Australian and online resources: books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more.
Subjects include: Australian history and culture, genealogy.

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Look up a favourite author and get suggestions for other fiction authors who write in a similar style or genre.
Subjects include: reading & literature, reader's guides.

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Who Next helps children who have already enjoyed stories by one writer find other authors they will enjoy reading.
Subjects include: children's literature, reader's guides.

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