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We have a range of free online information databases to help you with your research, projects and assignments.

The library subscribes to these online resources so that you can access them for free. You will need your library membership number to access most of these databases.

 

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Art & Architecture Complete 

Provides full text art journals, magazines, books and 65,000+ images. A wide variety of subjects is covered, including antiques, art and art history, interior and landscape design, architecture and architectural design.

 

Gale Literature Resource Center

Contains analysis, biographical information, overviews, full text literary criticism, from every age and literary discipline. Covers novelists, poets, essayists, journalists and other writers, with in-depth coverage of the most-studied authors.

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Gale OneFile: Fine Arts

Provides access to scholarly journals and magazines that support research in areas including drama, music, art history, and filmmaking.

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Grove Music Online

Combines the full text of key music reference material: The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, and The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. Access Grove Music and other Oxford music resources through Oxford Music Online.

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Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

Offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines.

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Literary Reference Center Plus

Contains thousands of full text literature resources. Texts include plot summaries, author biographies and interviews, journal articles, book reviews and literary critiques, poems, short stories, and classic texts.

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Novelist Plus

Looking for your next book? Want to find more authors like your favourites? NoveList Plus has all your reading answers. Find books that match your interests, read-a-likes for your favourite titles and authors, ready-made book lists on your favourite genres plus book discussion guides and award winner lists.

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National Construction Code of Australia

National Construction Code details the technical provisions for the design and construction of buildings and other structures. Free, but you need to register for access. Register at Australian Building Codes Board.

 

ABI/INFORM Global

Covers 3,000+ journals in business, management and related fields such as management trends, industries and markets, business strategies, competitive and product information. Includes full text AFR 2013+, Economist 1981+.

 

Business Source Elite 

Full text journals covering business disciplines including accounting, banking, finance, international business, marketing, sales, case studies, SWOT analyses and so on. Includes full text Harvard Business Review 1922+.  

 

CHOICE Online* In-Library Access Only

Australia’s most trusted consumer magazine, Choice, is an expert source of independent, unbiased reviews, product tests, information and buying guides on products and services. See staff for access.  

 

Gale OneFile: Business

Full text coverage of all business disciplines including accounting, economics, finance, marketing, management and strategy, as well as business theory and practice.

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Encyclopaedia Britannica Library Edition

Full text searchable, offers content in three different reading levels for kids, teens and adults as well as images, maps, videos and audio files.

 

Oxford Dictionaries Online

Online bilingual dictionaries in Chinese, French, German, Italian & Spanish.

 

Oxford English Dictionary Online

The definitive guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words of the English language. Features easy search and browse functions, and lets you search words by categories such as subject, usage, region or origin.

 

Oxford Reference

Contains over 100 dictionary, language reference and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press. It is a fully indexed, cross-searchable database of these books.

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World Book Online

The online version of the popular encyclopaedia and a variety of other World Book resources on the one platform including World Book KidsWorld Book Student and World Book Advanced.

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Ancestry Library Edition

Access the complete content from the world’s largest online genealogy resource. Includes records from the UK and Australian Census, births, deaths & marriages and church records, military records, court, land and probate records, directories, passenger lists and more. During the COVID-19 closure home access to Ancestry Library Edition is temporarily available to Stanton Library members.

 

Find My Past* In-Library Access Only

A family history and genealogy resource offering access to millions of historical records covering the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands.

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Internet History Resources

Access digitised versions of historical records from New South Wales covering the period from 1850-1920. 

 

Academic Search Premier

One of the world’s largest scholarly full text databases covering every area of academic study. Offers information in nearly every area of academic study including: computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts and literature, medical sciences and ethnic studies.

 

Australia / New Zealand Reference Centre

Collection of full text leading Australia/New Zealand magazines, newspapers, newswires, biographies and reference books. Includes Sydney Morning Herald 1999+, The Australian 2000+, AFR 2014+, Daily Telegraph 2000+.

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Britannica ImageQuest

A high resolution image library of over three million images which are rights-cleared for educational and non-commercial use. Brings lesson plans, assignments and projects to life with a broad offering of curriculum-relevant imagery and clip art materials. Available to access until 31st July.

 

EBSCO eBooks

With a collection of over 40,000 titles chosen specifically for public libraries, this general reference collection features both non-fiction and fiction titles for both adults and children.

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Gale OneFile: General

A one-stop source for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics.

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EBSCO Open Dissertations

A free database with records for more than 800,000 electronic theses and dissertations from around the world. Includes content from American Doctoral Dissertations.

 

Informit* In-Library Access Only

Provides access to research from Australia, New Zealand, Asia Pacific and the world. Covers a wide range of subjects including education, law, business, health, humanities and Indigenous culture.

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MasterFILE Complete

Contains over 2,000 full text magazines, journals and reference books covering most general interest subject areas, it also includes an extensive collection of primary source documents, photos, maps and flags.

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ProQuest Research Library

A multidisciplinary database designed to cover the top 150 core academic subject reference areas. The database includes thousands of full text titles, with a diversified mix of scholarly journals, professional and trade publications, and general interest magazines.

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World Book eBooks

Offers 1,000s of highly illustrated, engaging eBook titles that support a span of curriculum areas and reading levels. Aimed at primary and lower secondary students (K-9), it offers a kid-friendly layout as well as interactive features, games, videos, and audio clips. Download the World Book eBook app for your device through Google Play or the Apple App Store.

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Australia / New Zealand Points of View Reference Centre

A rich resource for perspectives on major contentious social, political, and technological issues that are relevant to Australia and New Zealand.

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Consumer Health Complete

Access content on all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.

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Drug Info

Free information about drugs, alcohol and the law for the community of New South Wales.

 

Gale Health & Wellness

Consumer health resource provides authoritative information on the full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices.

 

Gale OneFile: Psychology

Supports research in all fields of psychology including abnormal, biological, cognitive, comparative, developmental, personality, quantitative, social and applied psychology.

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Australian Dictionary of Biography

Concise descriptions of significant figures from Australian history who died before 1990.

 

Gale in Context: Biography

Access to an extensive range of current and historical biographies of notable people. It is searchable by name, nationality, and occupation.

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Gale in Context: World History

Provides an overview of world history covering the most studied events, cultures, civilisations, religions, people and more.

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History Reference Center

Covers all time periods and personalities through history featuring historical reference books, magazines, journals and thousands of primary source documents, maps, photos and videos.

 

Trove - Digitised Australian newspapers

A major project from the National Library of Australia to digitise significant Australian newspapers from 1803 to 1950s.

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AustLII - Australasian Legal Information Institute

This is the best all-in-one website for Australian law and, for some areas of legal research. It includes both legislation and law reports from all the states and the Commonwealth and provides links to overseas law sites.

 

Find Legal Answers

Access answers to legal issues, information on how to get a lawyer, run a court case, find legislation and case law. Includes a wide range of information relating to NSW law including Hot Topics and eBooks.

 

Law Handbook Online

Your practical guide to the law in New South Wales.

 

Costumes & Objects

View clothing, textiles, domestic items, utensils, tools, memorabilia and other objects relating to the history of North Sydney from the 1800s through to the present day.

 

Face of North Sydney

View pictures from a historic collection of over 8,500 photos. 

 

Heritage Databases

A range of online resources for researching local and family history.

 

The Age* In-Library Access Only

Read today's paper or search The Age Library Edition's extensive archive containing 13 years of digital newspaper replicas. Note: this resource is only available using the library's public PCs or WiFi.

 

Australian Financial Review* In-Library Access Only

In Library digital access to The Australian Financial Review newspaper is available here. The previous 3 years of newspapers are archived for easy access. Note: this resource is only available using the library's public PCs or WiFi.

 

Australia / New Zealand Reference Centre

Collection of full text leading Australia/New Zealand magazines, newspapers, newswires, biographies and reference books. Includes Sydney Morning Herald 1999+, The Australian 2000+, AFR 2014+, Daily Telegraph 2000+.

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Australia / New Zealand Points of View Reference Centre

Containing resources that present multiple sides of a current issue including information on key topics of interest to Australia/New Zealand researchers. This database helps students develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills. Covers 200+ topics and includes essays, images and videos.

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CHOICE Online* In-Library Access Only

Information for Australian consumers on products for the home, babies and kids, computers, food, cars, health, money, and more. See staff for access. 

 

MasterFILE Complete

Contains over 2,000 full text magazines and reference books covering most general interest subject areas, it also includes an extensive collection of photos, maps and flags.

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The Saturday Paper* In-Library Access Only

Dedicated to narrative journalism covering analysis of current affairs, culture and Australian politics. Note: this resource is only available using the library's public PCs or WiFi.

 

Sydney Morning Herald* In-Library Access Only

Reproduces the print edition of The Sydney Morning Herald covering the period 2006 to today. It contains a replica of all pages, photos and articles etc of the printed edition and can be searched and browsed. Note: this resource is only available using the library's public PCs or WiFi.

 

Trove - Digitised Australian newspapers

A major project from the National Library of Australia to digitise significant Australian newspapers from 1803 to 1950s.

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Academic Search Premier

One of the world’s largest scholarly full text databases covering every area of academic study. Offers information in nearly every area of academic study including: computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts and literature, medical sciences and ethnic studies.

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Australia / New Zealand Points of View Reference Centre

A rich resource for perspectives on major contentious social, political, and technological issues that are relevant to Australia and New Zealand.

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Gale in Context: Science

Draws students into the subject matter by integrating pure information with today’s headlines and videos – showing how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues, from weather patterns to obesity. For practical experience, more than 200 experiments and projects are included, ranging from simple to complex.

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Gale Interactive: Science

Bring Science to life with interactive 3D models that empower students to better visualise and understand concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science. Access over 200 interactive sessions and 60 models to print with a 3D printer. Explore and manipulate 3D models for a deeper dive into science concepts.

 

GreenFILE

Contains a collection of scholarly, governmental and general interest titles which examine the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done to minimise these effects.

 

Science Reference Center

Science resource suitable for all ages. Full text articles from all major areas of scientific study; biographies; video resources and experiments.

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Academic Search Premier

One of the world’s largest scholarly full text databases covering every area of academic study. Offers information in nearly every area of academic study including: computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, language and linguistics, arts and literature, medical sciences and ethnic studies.

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Australia / New Zealand Points of View Reference Centre

A rich resource for perspectives on major contentious social, political, and technological issues that are relevant to Australia and New Zealand.

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Gale in Context: Global Issues

Provides information on global society and culture issues through global viewpoints, reference materials and primary source documents.

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Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints

For researchers seeking contextual information and opinions on hundreds of today's hottest social issues. This database features continuously updated viewpoints, topic overviews, full text magazines, academic journals, news articles, primary source documents, statistics, images, videos, audio files and links to selected websites.

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Gale OneFile: Diversity Studies

Provides access to scholarly journals and magazines that explore cultural differences, contributions, and influences in the global community.

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Gale OneFile: Religion & Philosophy

Users of this collection can research different religions, philosophies and how they impact our daily lives.

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