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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.


Australian Architecture Database (ARCH)* In-Library Access Only 

Produced by Stanton Library, this database indexes and abstracts articles from material held by Stanton Library. Source documents include journal articles, exhibition reviews, obituaries, editorials, conference proceedings, news items, project articles and award features. Coverage: 1980-2015.


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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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.



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 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.


Ancestry Library Edition* In-Library Access Only

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.


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. 


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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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.


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.


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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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.


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.


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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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. 


Gale OneFile: News

This innovative full-text newspaper resource allows users to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, author, and many other fields. Gale OneFile: News provides access to more than 2,300 major world newspapers, and includes thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts.


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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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.


Gale OneFile: Environmental Studies and Policy

 This digital resource answers inquiries about environmental concerns and offers diverse perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policymakers, and corporate interests on environmental issues.



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.


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: Gender Studies

Provides balanced coverage of this significant aspect of culture and society. The database offers access to scholarly journals and magazines covering topics including gender studies, family and marital issues, and other related topics.