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eResources: Study smart at the National Library

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.  

Jeff Carter (1928–2010), School of General Studies students at the Australian National University, Canberra  ca. 1964, nla.obj-148440806

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.

To access any of the resources mentioned below, simply visit our eResources portal and search for each service under the Databasees A-Z tab.

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.

Encyclopaedia Britannica

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.

Australia New Zealand Reference Centre

Library Press Display

The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age Library Editions

Bill Bachman (b 1952) Kathy Wall assists daughter Rebeca with interactive School of the Air lesson, Langidoon Station, north-east of Broken Hill, south-west of New South Wales, October 2003, nla.obj-137269888

Want to find out what happened in the past?

A wide selection of historical newspaper databases is available. 

For Australia you can’t go past Trove: an ever expanding collection of digitised Australian newspapers dating back to 1803. It includes the iconic Australian Womens Weekly (1933–1982).

For non-Australian titles try these:  

The Times Digital Archive 1785–2009

Financial Times Historical Archive 1888–2010

Irish Newspaper Archive

Nineteenth Century British Newspapers

Punch Historical Archive 1841–1922

Illustrated London News Historical Archive 1842–2003

The Sunday Times Digital Archive 1822–2006

17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers

First mail and newspapers delivered by air at Normanton, Queensland  1927, nla.obj-151429733

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.

Australian Dictionary of Biography

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

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.

Academic Search Complete

Masterfile Premier

Handy hints

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