Research Databases

Enter your search terms into the box below and with one click you can search across Academic Search Premier, MasterFILE Complete & Consumer Health Complete.

 

 

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Tutorial Videos

Niche Academy Tutorial Videos

Niche Academy videos will teach you how to start using

  • e-books and e-audio platforms such as BorrowBox and Libby
  • Social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, Snapchat
  • Gmail, Word, Excel and Powerpoint
  • Ancestry.com and other databases available in the Library

 

 

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Library Youtube: How to....

These step by step videos have been created by the library staff to help you download and borrow our eBooks and eMagazines.

 

 

 

 

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Tech Savvy Seniors YouTube Channel

Visit the NSW State Library Tech Savvy Seniors YouTube Channel for a range of online training videos in selected community languages. Videos cover topics such as smartphones, smartphone apps and Zoom.  Videos are available in English, Arabic, Cantonese, Korean, Mandarin and Vietnamese

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Music and Film

Beamafilm - Streaming films

Why pay for Netflix when you can use Beamafilm for free? Beamfilm has new releases, independent films and documenatries on offer. 
Download the app for Apple and Android.

See Account Setup Instructions to view from your internet enabled phone, tablet or computer, even the browser on your smart TV. 

 
 
 

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Australian Music Centre

The Australian Music Centre (AMC) is the national service organisation dedicated to the promotion and support of art music in Australia. The AMC houses and curates the most comprehensive catalogue of Australian music, a living collection of scores, recordings, research papers, teaching kits, classroom materials and aggregated media.

 

 
 

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Books, authors, reviews and biographies 
 

 

Australian Poetry Library 

This website currently contains over 42,000 poems, representing the work of more than 170 Australian poets. All the poems are fully searchable, and may be accessed and read freely on the internet.

 

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NoveList Plus  

Looking for a good book? NoveList® Plus is here to help you find that next great read. With information on over 250,000 fiction and readable nonfiction titles included, plus feature content including lists of award-winning books, Book Discussion Guides, BookTalks, Recommended Reads and more, NoveList Plus is a complete readers' resource..

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Literature Reference Centre PLUS

Literature Reference Centre PLUS™ is a comprehensive database that provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and time frames.

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ebooks and e-audio books  
 

 

BorrowBox - ebooks and audio books 

With the BorrowBox library app, you can browse, borrow and download bestselling titles by your favourite authors. No need to return items either, they expire automatically if you don't renew your loan.. The app is available for most major desktop and mobile platforms. Download the app for Apple and Android or join online

BorrowBox Guide

Try this BorrowBox online tutorial!

 

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Libby, by Overdrive

Borrow ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines to read on your phone or tablet using the Libby app by OverDrive. Download the app for Apple and Android or connect online

Instructions for setting up Libby

Learn more at overdrive.com/apps/libby/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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indyreads

The indyreads™ app provides New South Wales Public Library members with free access to a statewide collection of eBook & Audiobook titles. Including independent Australian and international titles, classic literature and modern award-winning titles

The app is available for most major desktop and mobile platforms. 

Download the app for Apple and Android or join online

 

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Project Gutenberg

Project Gutenberg is an online library of free eBooks.

Project Gutenberg was the first provider of free electronic books, or eBooks. Michael Hart, founder of Project Gutenberg, invented eBooks in 1971 and his memory continues to inspire the creation of eBooks and related content today.

Choose among free epub and Kindle eBooks formats, download or read them online. Thousands of volunteers digitized and diligently proofread the eBooks, for you to enjoy.

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Articles and information for reference & research  
 

 

Academic Search Premier 
 

Academic institutions worldwide depend on this database as their core resource of scholarly information.  It contains full text for more than 2,100 journals. More than 140 journals have PDF images dating back to 1985, many of these PDFs are native (searchable) or scanned-in-color.

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Australia/NZ Reference Centre

A general database of Australian and international content with articles in health, current affairs, science, social science, business and literature. Users can select or deselect the type of material they wish to access.

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Australia/New Zealand Points of View Reference Centre

Contains a balance of materials from all viewpoints, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument).

 

 
 

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MasterFILE Complete

The database provides full text for more than 2,100 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, MasterFILE Premier also includes nearly 650 full text reference books, 84,074 biographies, 86,135 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags.

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SBS Cultural Atlas

The Cultural Atlas is an educational resource providing comprehensive information on the cultural background of Australia’s migrant populations

The Atlas is a collaborative project between SBS, International Education Services (IES), and Multicultural NSW. This resource aims to inform and educate the public in cross-cultural attitudes, practices, norms, behaviours and communications.

 
 

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The State Library eResources

The State Library have made their eResources available online to all public library card holders in NSW. Free 24/7 access to local and International newspapers, ebooks, full text journals, magazines and online databases. Explore here. If you don't have a library card you can join online.

 

 

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Health and wellness  
 

 

Consumer Health Complete

Contains full text articles covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.

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History Reference Center

History Reference Center® is the world's most comprehensive full text history reference database designed for secondary schools, public libraries, junior/community colleges, and undergraduate research. The database features full text for more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers

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Modern World History Online covers the full scope of world history from the mid-15th century to the present. Thousands of fully hyperlinked subject entries, biographies, images and videos, maps and charts, primary sources, and timeline entries combine to provide a detailed and comparative view of the people, places, events, and ideas that have defined modern world history.

Ancient and Medieval History Online provides thorough coverage of nine civilizations—ancient Egypt, ancient Mesopotamia, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, ancient and medieval Africa, medieval Europe, the Americas, ancient and medieval Asia, and Islamic Empire. Covering prehistory through the 1500s, this authoritative online database features a user-friendly interface. Users can research each civilization in depth or use the browse feature to conduct comparative studies of events and developments across civilizations.

Hobbies & Craft  
 

 

Hobbies & Craft Reference Centre

This database offers detailed ‘how-to’ instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of hobby enthusiasts.

 

 

 
 

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Homework help  
 

 

Free study and homework help, online 24/7

Feeling overwhelmed, stuck on a study question or not sure where to even start with an assignment?

With your library membership, you get free access to Studiosity: online study help from real people.

 

1. Connect Live: select a subject (writing, maths, science, economics, assignment research and more), type your question and you’ll be connected with a friendly Subject Specialist for live, one-to-one help in real time

2. Writing Feedback: submit your draft essay or written assignment, and in less than 24 hours a writing specialists will send it back with detailed feedback on how you can improve your work.

3. Practice Quizzes: access a database of over 750 practice tests in all core curriculum subjects

To access Studiosity, use this link or visit studiosity.com/access, find your library and enter your library membership details.

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Encyclopedia Britannica Online 

Through one enquiry you can search across:
Encyclopedia Britannica
Encyclopedia Student Britannica
Encyclopedia Junior Britannica
Encyclopedia Concise Britannica
Journals, websites and videos!

 

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GreenFILE

Offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment.  Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and more.

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 NSW Primary Industries

This website covers agriculture, fishing & aquaculture, forests and minerals & petroleum. The NSW Department of Primary Industries acts in partnership with industry and other public sector organisations to foster profitable and sustainable development of primary industries in New South Wales, the department delivers a wide range of services to primary industries and rural communities.

 
 

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Science Reference Centre 

A comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full-text science-oriented content. Designed to meet every student's science research needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources

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Google Maps

Navigate around the globe, explore maps and calculate recommended navigation.

 

 
 

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Law  
 

 

Hot Topics

A plain language series about recent changes and current debates in the law. 
Topics cover:
Domestic Violence, Courts and Tribunals, Voting and Elections, You and Your Lawyer, The Australian Legal System, Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.

 

 

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Find Legal Answers

Free legal information for the Community of NSW. 

Choose a pathway to get started with your legal research. It's easy to navigate and it's written in plain english!

 

 

 

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National Construction Code

The National Construction Code (NCC) provides the minimum necessary requirements for new buildings (and new building work in existing buildings) throughout Australia.

Administration of the NCC is the responsibility of the States and Territories under their various building and plumbing Acts and Regulations. 

Individuals can gain free online access to the NCC by registering on the National Construction Code  website, administerd by the  Australian Building Codes Board.

 

 

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Local and family history  
 

 

Ancestry.com - Only available in the Library 

Ready to make your first discovery? It's not just history. It's your history. So start with yourself and we'll help you find more about your heritage.

 

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The Picton Post 
 

To help you with your research, or you just have an interest in days gone by, the old Picton Post (NSW : 1907 - 1954) has been digitised and can be accessed in TROVE.


 
 

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Wollondilly Street Name Register
 

The Wollondilly Street Name Register allows the public to search all existing road names within the shire and view the history behind the name.
The public is able to contribute to the Street register by providing/submitting additional or missing historical information, including photos.
The public can also suggest new road names for future developments within our shire so we can continue to preserve our local history within road names for future generations.


 

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Newspapers, journals and magazines  
 

 

The District Reporter

Established 18 years ago, The District Reporter is an independent, locally owned and operated country newspaper distributed weekly. Archived editions from April 2009 to present are available.


 
 
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Libby, by Overdrive

Borrow ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines to read on your phone or tablet using the Libby app by OverDrive. Download the app for Apple and Android or connect online

Instructions for setting up Libby

Learn more at overdrive.com/apps/libby/.

 

 

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Choice Magazine Online

CHOICE was founded in 1959 with one clear mission: to ensure the consumer voice is heard loudly and clearly. CHOICE empowers consumers to get the most out of all their purchasing decisions by providing a mix of advocacy and advice. 

Ask for a username and password from the library service desk.

 

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Parents and children  
 

 

Storybox Library - online reading room for kids 

Story Box Library features engaging online Australian stories read by some of Australia's finest storytellers.  Access in library or anywhere, anytime from your chosen electronic device. It's FREE for library members - all you need is you library barcode number.

 

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Australian Poetry Library 

This website currently contains over 42,000 poems, representing the work of more than 170 Australian poets. All the poems are fully searchable, and may be accessed and read freely on the internet.

 

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Encyclopedia Britannica Online 

Through one enquiry you can search across:
Encyclopedia Britannica
Encyclopedia Student Britannica
Encyclopedia Junior Britannica
Encyclopedia Concise Britannica
Journals, websites and videos!

 

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Languages  
 

 

Mango Languages 

Learn a new language for free!
Mango is the award-winning online language resource giving you access to more than 70 world languages.
Mango Languages will teach you the practical grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and cultural skills of some of the world's most popular languages.

Download the app for Apple and Android.


 


 

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Library Mobile App 
 

 

Spydus Mobile 

Spydus mobile is your anywhere 24/7 library access. This app gives you access to search for, save and reserve from our entire collection at any time, as well as  renew loans, display your digital library card, create and view saved book lists and discover featured and recommended titles.

Download the app for Apple and Android.


 


 

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