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Help for eResources

eResources is a service to help you locate journal article databases, full-text collections, recommended websites and subject guides.

Who Can Use eResources?

This service is for use by individuals for research and study purposes, in adherence with the fair dealing provisions of the Copyright Act 1968 and the use provisions in our licence agreements. All users are required to agree to the National Library's terms and conditions of access. This service is designed to supplement the electronic resources that people can access through the public, State, tertiary and corporate libraries available to them. If you have registered with the National Library of Australia, you can access many resources by logging in with the Library User ID that is noted on your library card, and your surname, wherever you have an Internet connection. The resources that are designated as "Onsite" are restricted for use inside the National Library building.

How Does eResources Work?

Keyword Searching

Typing a keyword into the search box delivers a list of resources that match your search term. The most relevant results are listed first. If you enter more than one search term eResources will find resources with any of your search terms, but those with all your search terms will appear first. For example, in a search for nuclear science resources which use both search terms appear first. The terms could appear anywhere in a record.

Phrase Searching

You can enclose your search terms in quotation marks for an exact phrase search. This is a good way to search if you know the name of the resource you are looking for. Example - "times digital archive"

Finding Full-Text Resources

If you only want to find resources with full-text information, and not citations to information sources, select the "Full-text resources only" check box.

APAIS Thesaurus

To assist in your searching we have enhanced searching with the APAIS Thesaurus, a structured list of subject terms. When you search for a word, eResources identifies related, narrower and broader terms from the thesaurus and then searches for these terms as well. Your list of search results therefore shows resources which include your search term in their description, title or keywords, plus resources with related APAIS Thesaurus terms in these fields. As an example, a search for climate on eResources will also find resources which contain the related term "weather" in their description, title or keywords fields.


Each resource is assigned one or more topic headings. You can browse through a topic list to find all relevant resources. Resources which have been assigned only one topic are listed first in the browse list, followed by resources which have been assigned multiple topics.

Subject Guides to Print Resources in the National Library of Australia

In addition to indexes, databases and selected websites, eResources provides access to a number of subject guides, subtitled "Print Resources at the National Library". These guides provide lists of selected print material, catalogue search tips and pointers to other sources of information. When searching eResources, relevant guides will be displayed on the right-hand side of the search results page. In browse, they are integrated with other resources. You can also view a list of all available guides.

Having difficulty connecting to databases from off site?

1. Are you a registered National Library of Australia user? To access Licenced Resources with the gold key symbol you must be a registered user. To register click on Get a Library Card from theLibrary's Home Page.

2. Check the settings of your firewalls and allow traffic to go through Port 2048. Please consult the help menu of your firewall software (e.g., Norton Internet Security, ZoneAlarm, Kaspersky Internet Security) for details. This is the most common reason registered users cannot access Licenced Resources.