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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
A wide selection of historical newspaper databases is available.
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
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
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
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.
When stuck, don't forget to consult the 'Help' available on all databases.
Need more help? Ask a Librarian