Databases

Databases

Getting started

We have a range of free online information databases to help you with your research, projects and assignments. Most of these databases contain full text, reliable information that has been verified by experts. Most of the databases can be accessed anywhere anytime from your home or digital device, while others are only available for use within our libraries.

 

For use at home, if prompted, type your library card number (don't include any spaces). 
For in-house library use simply click on the database link and it should take you straight to where you need to go. Please contact Library staff for assistance if a password is required.

Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition

ALE provides a vast range of online genealogical information with more than 5 billion names in over 4,000 collections suitable for tracing your ancestors and historical records. 

Library Access Only

Find My Past

Find My Past

Findmypast provides millions of family history records - births, deaths, marriages and parish entries. Travel & migration, military and newspaper records. 

Library Access Only

Gale Books and Authors

Gale Books and Authors

Answer the age-old question, 'What do I read next?' Search and match reading interests to books, authors, genres, or topics.

Gale: Business Insights

Gale: Business Insights

Compare global economies, countries, and industries with in-depth analysis on over 400,000 companies.

Gale Health and Wellness

Gale Health and Wellness

Access full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia, and much more. This comprehensive consumer health resource provides authoritative information on the full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices for researchers of all levels.

Gale In Context: Biography

Gale In Context: Biography

Discover the world's most influential people by searching narrative biographies, news, magazine, and multimedia content.

Gale In Context: Environmental Studies

Gale In Context: Environmental Studies

Understand environmental issues that affect people globally through topic overviews, journals, news, and multimedia content.

Gale In Context: Global Issues

Gale In Context: Global Issues

Analyze important global issues and events through topic overviews, international viewpoints, news, and multimedia content.

Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints

Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints

Find overviews, news, and opinions on hundreds of today's important social issues.

Gale In Context: Science

Gale In Context: Science

Understand context for hundreds of science topics through overviews, journals, news, interactive experiments, and more.

Gale In Context: World History

Gale In Context: World History

Uncover information on hundreds of the most significant people, events, and topics in world history from a variety of sources.

Gale Interactive: Science

Gale Interactive: Science

Manipulate 3D interactive models to visualize and understand concepts in biology, chemistry, earth, and space science.

Gale Literature Resource Centre

Gale Literature Resource Centre

Find up-to-date biographies, overviews, full-text criticisms, audio interviews, and reviews on writers from all eras.

Gale OneFile: Australia and New Zealand

Gale OneFile: Australia and New Zealand

Access comprehensive periodical content with a focus on Australia and New Zealand, complemented by global news, reference, and multimedia coverage.

Gale OneFile: Culinary Arts

Gale OneFile: Culinary Arts

Find a variety of information from major cooking and nutrition magazines as well as key reference titles.

Gale OneFile: Fine Arts

Gale OneFile: Fine Arts

Search millions of articles about drama, music, art history, and filmmaking. Diverse resource for serious fine arts students.

Gale OneFile: Gardening and Horticulture

Gale OneFile: Gardening and Horticulture

Find millions of articles on the practical and scientific aspects of horticulture studies. For all horticultural enthusiasts.

Gale OneFile: Home Improvement

Gale OneFile: Home Improvement

Search home improvement topics such as architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and more.

Gale OneFile: Information Science

Gale OneFile: Information Science

Access articles covering all aspects of managing and maintaining information and technology. Updated daily.

Gale OneFile: News

Gale OneFile: News

Access major newspapers online to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, or other fields. Includes Australian News Limited and Fairfax newspapers

General OneFile

General OneFile

Access general interest magazines and key serials in a single resource. Best for general research.

National Geographic Kids

National Geographic Kids

Explore amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space. Use this separate link children’s dedicated computers.

National Geographic Virtual Library

National Geographic Virtual Library

Browse this cross-searchable platform for research insight from journalism's most trusted name in exploration and discovery.

NSW Family History Resources

NSW Family History Resources

Internet History Resources from the New South Wales Family History Document Service. Over 15,000 pages of online records that can help you trace people who lived and worked in New South Wales from 1850 to 1920.

Library Access Only

Universal Class

Universal Class

Universal Class offers patrons a unique online education experience. With a growing catalogue of over 400 courses, Universal Class is committed to providing only the most affordable and highest quality online training. Real instructors guide the learning, engaging video-based lessons.


If you need help with any of these databases, please speak with a Library team member.

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