Top Five eResources at the NLA
Our most popular online resources at your fingertips
23 January 2018
One of the strengths of modern libraries is that they not only hold vast collections, but also provide access to a wide range of online materials. There is a wealth of online knowledge found through Trove, but you may not be aware of the many eResources that you can explore via the National Library's website.
Looking back at 2017, here are our top five most-used eResources for the year:
This resource allows you to view fully-digitised issues of these two newspapers, from 2006 through to the latest issue. You can search across the newspaper for specific words, or simply browse through an issue from page to page.
This valuable resource is extremely helpful for bridging the gap between the Sydney Morning Herald's digitised newspapers on Trove, (which runs up to the end of 1954) and more recent issues.
An academic database, particularly focusing on humanities and social sciences, that not only provides access to full-text articles from peer-reviewed journals, but also academic ebooks, and digitised archives of primary sources.
2. Ancestry - Library Edition (on-site access only)
One of the most popular online tools for conducting family research, and a great starting point for discovering records of your distant relatives, from historic electoral rolls to convict records to passenger lists. You can only use this resource on our computers in the reading rooms (if you can't visit us, check if you can access it at your local public library) - otherwise it would certainly be our number one popular eResource, which instead is...
With full-text coverage of major Australian and Overseas newspapers and journals, this resource provides access to up-to-date global news and business information.
Other e-resources worthy of an honorable mention for their popularity include:
- British Library Newspapers
- Academic Search Complete
- The Times Digital Archive 1785-2011
- FindMyPast World Edition (on-site access only)
You can access to all of these resources (with the exception of Ancestry and FindMyPast) through the eResources page, using details on your library card. Don't have a library card? If you're an Australian resident, you can get one by registering here.
Which library eResources do you find most useful? Did they make our list? Last year, we shared some of our favourite eResources for fun and profit. Feel free to share your thoughts about your favourite online resources in the comments below.