The National Library is excited to announce our new and improved eResources portal! We’ve worked hard to design this new portal, which combines previous functionality with new features that enhance discoverability and make searching easier, more flexible, and more efficient.

With the new eResources portal, you can now easily conduct full-text searches of the eJournals and eBooks in our collection. Simply type your keyword or topic into the search box and the most relevant results will appear. With easy filtering options, you can narrow your results to find the content you need. You can then cite, print, email, save, and export this information to help with your research.                                                                    

To give you a better idea of what using this service is like, here’s a guide to conducting a basic search.

Opening the portal

Now you only need to accept the Terms and Conditions as you enter the site, rather than each individual database. This means you can move between databases without interruption.

Logging in

To log in remotely, click the link at the upper centre of the eResources homepage. You’ll be redirected to our catalogue to enter your details, but will be taken back to eResources upon logging in. To log in you just need your User ID, located on the back of your library card, and your surname.

When using our eResources onsite, there is no need to log in, as you will automatically be given access to everything the portal has to offer.


You’ll notice some new links in the top banner of the eResources homepage. Our eResources page now links directly to our catalogue (and vice versa), so you can jump back and forth between the two. We’ve included a link to our Research Guides so you can easily refer to them for research assistance, as well as a link to our previous eResources portal (called the Legacy eResources portal). This Legacy page will be accessible until November, as we thought it might be comforting during this transitory time.

Search bar

The new search bar allows you to conduct a basic search, advanced search, and limit your search options, as well as browse our online content by database and publication title. This is also where you can access help.


The most exciting feature of our new eResources portal is that you can now conduct full-text searches of many of our databases! At this stage, approximately 80% of our online content is full-text searchable, and we are working to improve this even more.

And to make sure you can still easily access those popular databases which aren’t full-text searchable, we’ve added direct links to them that will always appear on your search results page.

Alternatively, you can use the ‘Browse eResources’ feature on the homepage to access these databases directly.

Refining your search

After conducting a keyword search, you can refine your results using the limiters to the left of the page.

Looking for academic papers? Refine your results to ‘Academic Journals’. Only want to see Australian content? Refine by ‘Geography’. You can also refine by date range, subject, language, and more.

If you are limiting by subject, please note that not all of our content has been assigned a subject heading yet.

Saving content

You can save searches and pieces of content into folders for easy access and organisation. Simply click on the folder button to the right of the record.

To access your collection of content, click on the ‘Go to Folder View’ link to the upper right of the page.

When using eResources onsite at the Library, your selected content will only be saved for as long as you are at the computer. However, if you want to permanently save your selections to come back to later, you can create an EBSCO profile to access them through the portal at any time. To register for an EBSCO profile, please visit this page.

Need help?

We know that becoming familiar with our new eResources portal will be a change, so we’ve put together a number of help guides and an introductory video to help you navigate this new and improved service. You can find all of these on the eResources homepage.

If you need further assistance, you can always Ask a Librarian.

Happy researching!