eResources: Study smart at the National Library
Online resources for study and research
4 January 2016
Sadly the holidays are over and you have returned to university or school. What resources are available to help you study smarter, to quickly and efficiently make the best use of your time?
Take a look at some of the authoritative online eResources available at the National Library of Australia. For the full list of eResources available, look at our eResources portal.
These eResources are especially useful as much of the information contained in them is not freely available online.
How do I access the National Library eResources?
You don’t have to be in the National Library to access the following titles if you have one of our library cards. Register online today and one can be mailed to you or you can collect it in our Main Reading Room.
Two earlier blogs provided answers to the most commonly asked eResource questions:
eResources for quick reference
If you are looking for a dictionary definition or a quick overview of a subject, one of the following titles could be right for you.
Oxford Reference: hundreds of titles across 25 core subject areas, including subject dictionaries. Includes short-entry, general reference answers as well as more in-depth articles on specialized subjects.
Oxford English Dictionary: the authority on the English language.
Macquarie Dictionary: more than just the standard reference on Australian English, it also provides access to the Macquarie Thesaurus and other language resources, as well as information on measurements, signs and symbols and other reference resources.
Gale Virtual Reference Library: a collection of specialised encyclopaedias, almanacs and reference sources across a range of subjects.
Need to keep up with current events?
A collection of up to date Australian and international newspapers is available from the following services.
Want to find out what happened in the past?
A wide selection of historical newspaper databases is available.
For non-Australian titles try these:
Looking for information on a person?
Need to find out when someone was born or died, or what influenced their life and work? Try these authoritative sources.
Researching a broad subject area?
There are many times when a broader approach to searching is required. In these cases one of our multidiscipinary databases might be of use. Both these databases contain mostly full text articles.
To make the most of your searching and of the resources you find, it is useful to know the following handy hints which apply across most of our databases.
- In addition to printing references and articles, you can generally email content to yourself or save it to a USB for later reading.
- Many databases allow users to create and save lists of references for further use.
- Citation assistance is available for most commonly used citation styles eg APA, MLA, Chicago and Harvard.
When stuck, don't forget to consult the 'Help' available on all databases.
Need more help? Ask a Librarian