Research databases

Access a world of information and recreation through our online databases available free of charge to library members. We have a database to suit all your needs, whether it’s for in-depth research, a school or uni assignment, keeping up to date with the latest trends and information, or researching your family tree.

All of our databases are available for use in the library and some available from home.

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Business

  • Small Business Collection
    A comprehensive database that covers all aspects of starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax, and more.

Environment

  • Greenfile
    Indexes scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports.
    This resource offers a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the environment.
  • GREENR (Global Reference on the Environment; Energy; and Natural Resources) Covers global warming, to food safety, to health care access, and the impact of economic development on international relations, today's important environmental issues are shaping the global future.
  • National Geographic Kids
    Young students can broaden their horizons with reputable, authoritative, age-appropriate digital content that brings them the world in a way they’ve never seen before. National Geographic Kids will take them on amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space
  • National Geographic Virtual Library
    Explore over a century of iconic images and fascinating narratives that capture the wonder of our planet and beyond

Family History

  • Ancestry Library (In-library access only)
    Ancestry is the world's largest online family history resource.
    Access this genealogical tool on any computer or via the app (apple or android) through the library's free wifi.

General Reference

  • Academic Search Premier
    A scholarly collection offering full text coverage of information in areas such as science, anthropology, astronomy, engineering, ethnic and multicultural studies, geography, geology, law, music, psychology, religion and theology, women's studies and zoology.
  • Australian New Zealand Reference Center
    Includes newspaper articles on Australian and international current affairs, business, social science, health, literature and biographical information.
  • Australian New Zealand Points of View Reference Center
    Full text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of current issues.
  • MasterFILE Complete
    Contains full text articles for nearly 2,200 periodicals covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and more.
  • Proquest
    Contains scholarly journals, books, videos & audio, dissertations & theses, newspapers and more.

Global & Social Issues

  • Communications and Mass Media Collection
    Nearly 3 million articles on all aspects of the communications field, including advertising, public relations, linguistics, and literature, meet the needs of researchers.
  • Gender Studies Collection
    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 more.
  • Global Issues in Context
    International viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events.
    Global Issues in Context ties together sources to present a rich analysis of issues - social, political, military, economic, environmental, science related, health related, cultural - and headlines in world hot spots.
  • Opposing Viewpoints In Context
    The premier online resource covering today's social issues. This cross-curricular research database supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Informed, differing views help learners develop critical-thinking skills and draw their own conclusions. Arguments by experts on both sides of controversial topics in politics, health, money, and religion.
  • Pop Culture Collection
    Provides access to scholarly journals and magazines that both analyse and contribute to popular culture. The database offers useful information for researchers in social science, history, art or liberal arts courses.

Health

  • Consumer Health Complete
    Information on a diverse range of health related subject areas including: Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Alcohol and Drug abuse, Prescription Drugs, Herbal remedies, and alternative or complementary treatments, etc. Included are links to diet, cancer, and health assessment sites as well as government databases.
  • Health and Wellness Resource Centre
    A comprehensive consumer health resource that provides accurate, authoritative information on a full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative and complementary medicine.

History

  • History Reference Center
    An extensive full-text history reference database designed for secondary schools, public libraries, junior/community colleges and undergraduate research.
  • Biography in Context
    A comprehensive database of biographical information on more than 1,000,000 influential people from throughout history, around the world, and across all disciplines and subject areas.
  • World History in Context
    Reaches back nearly 5,000 years to chronicle the rise and fall of cultures and societies across all continents and eras. Takes learners from the ancient world to today's headlines, delivering a chronicle of the great cultures and societies that have formed the history of the human race.  reaches back nearly 5,000 years to chronicle the rise and fall of cultures and societies across all continents and eras.

Hobbies & Craft

  • Hobbies & Craft Reference Center
    Comprehensive full-text content for many of the most popular hobbies, crafts and recreation activities today 1234 This database offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast.

Law

  • LegalTrac
    Ideal for students, law school faculty, and legal researchers, LegalTrac offers coverage of British Commonwealth, European Union, and international law.

Literature

  • AustLit
    An authoritative database about Australian literature and storytelling, with biographical and bibliographical information, full text, exhibitions and rich online content
  • Literature Resource Center
    Offers the broadest and most representative range of authors and their works, including a large collection of full-text critical and literary analysis.
  • Literature Resource Center – HSC English syllabus
    Links to prescribed HSC English texts.
  • Literary Reference Center Plus
    A comprehensive database that provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes.
  • NovelList Plus
    Guides and advises readers on other fiction and non-fiction titles of interest either by subject or 'read alikes' - other authors who are similar to a favourite author.

Science

  • Science Reference Center
    Provides extensive coverage of articles on biology, physics, chemistry, earth sciences, space, environment, wildlife and technology.
  • Science in Context
    Hundreds of today's most significant science topics, showcasing how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues.

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