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To search across most of the Library databases, use the Search box above, or try the Advanced subject search for more detailed options. You will need your library card number to access most of these databases.

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Academic Search Premier
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Academic Search Premier is a scholarly collection offering full-text coverage of information in many areas of academic study including: animal science, anthropology, astronomy, biology, civil engineering, electrical engineering, ethnic & multicultural studies, food science & technology, geography, geology, law, materials science, mathematics, mechanical engineering, music, pharmaceutical sciences, physics, psychology, religion & theology, veterinary science, women's studies, zoology and many other fields. With full text for more than 4,700 journals, 4000 of which are peer-reviewed, this database will become the first point of call for all students seeking high-quality information.

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Ancestry Library Edition is a genealogy research tool that provides instant access to a wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research.

Australian contentANZRC: Australian and New Zealand Reference Centre
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Provides full text access to a combination of Australian and New Zealand magazines, newspapers & newswires, reference works and company information to provide local perspectives on current events, business, sports, and many other subjects.

Australian contentAPA-FT: Australian Public Affairs Full Text
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Includes information on a wide range of subject areas and current events from the top Australian journals indexed in APAIS, the Australian Public Affairs Information Service, produced by the National Library of Australia.

Art & Architecture Complete
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The definitive research database for the study of art and architecture, this database provides full-text coverage of 380 periodicals and more than 220 books.

AUSTLII Australasian Legal Information Institute
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A joint facility of UTS and UNSW Faculties of Law

Australian contentAustlit: The Resource for Australian Literature
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AustLit provides authoritative information on Australian creative and critical literature works as well as authors and literary organisations.

Australian contentAustralian newspapers
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Comprehensive newspaper coverage of all Australian states and territories and beyond.  Includes content from the most popular daily, weekly and Sunday newspapers as well as hard-to-find community and regional titles.

Biography Reference Center
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Biography Reference Center offers a comprehensive collection of more than 460,000 full-text biographies, including the complete full-text run of Biography Today and Biography, as well as thousands of narrative biographies that are not available in other databases.

Book Index with Review
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A great tool for developing booklists and subject guides, Book Index with Reviews includes over five million titles. Set up alerts for any new releases or editions from popular authors and topics.

Britannica Online
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Encyclopædia Britannica Online has four complete encyclopedias, updated and revised by Encyclopædia Britannica editors and contributors; thousands of illustrations, including photographs, drawings, maps, and flags; and entries including definitions, pronunciation guides, and word histories from Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus.

Business Source Complete
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The world's largest resource of full-text business publications.

Australian contentChoice Online
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Online version of the Australian Consumers Association's magazine. Site features independent reviews and advice about products.

Consumer Health Complete
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Consumer Health Complete (CHC) is the single most comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. It is designed to support patients' information needs and foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. CHC provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.

Council Documents Archive
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Woollahra Council minutes and documents 1860 - 1980.

Dictionary of Sydney
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If you are new to computers, haven't used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher, DigitalLearn has the tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed.

Drug information at your library
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Family Search
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The organisation ‘FamilySearch’ was previously known as the Genealogical Society of Utah, and is the largest genealogy organisation in the world, gathering, preserving and sharing genealogical records worldwide.

Through the organisation’s internet facility,, free access is available to its resources and services online. is one of the most used genealogy sites on the Internet.

Australian contentFind my Past
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Search millions of family history records for Australasia, UK, USA, Ireland, Papua New Guinea and Pacific Islands that you won't find anywhere else online.

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GreenFILE is a freely accessible research database focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment, with well-researched but accessible information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond.

Grove Music Online
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The leading resource for music research, Grove Music Online is the unsurpassed authority on all genres of music including classical, jazz and popular music. Access Grove Music and other Oxford music resources through Oxford Music Online.

Hobbies and Crafts Reference Center
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Comprehensive full-text content for many of the most popular hobbies, crafts and recreation activities today 1234 This database offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines, including Bead & Button, Birder's World, Creative Knitting, FineScale Modeler, Quilter's World, and many more.

Humanities International Complete
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Humanities International Complete provides full text of hundreds of journals, books and other published sources from around the world. The database includes full text for more than 1,200 journals, and is an invaluable resource for students, researchers, and educators interested in all aspects of the humanities, with worldwide content pertaining to literary, scholarly and creative thought.

Access IELTS General Training | Access IELTS Academic

Road to IELTS includes 120 hours of intensive work on vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and speaking, helping candidates to develop their skills to the levels necessary to succeed in the IELTS exam. Available in both General Training and Academic programs, each module contains 12 units based on commonly used IELTS topics, and covers reading, writing, listening and speaking.

Australian contentLibraries Australia/Trove
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The National Library of Australia provides an integrated service which enables you to search across the combined catalogues of Australian libraries - national, state, public university, TAFE and government - with one search.

Literary Reference Centre PLUS
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Literary Reference Center PLUS is a comprehensive database that provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. The database includes more than 35,000 plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, 86,000 articles of literary criticism, 253,000 author biographies, full text of over 450 literary journals, 800,000 book reviews, 91,000 classic and contemporary poems, 24,000 classic and contemporary short stories, full text of over 8,200 classic novels, 3,000 author interviews, and over 1,000 images of key literary figures.

Australian contentMacquarie Dictionary and Thesaurus
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Online reference library for students and general users that comprises Australian and international reference works. Specialising in the areas of Australian history and Indigenous studies, resources include Australian and international encyclopedias and references as well as the Macquarie Dictionary and Macquarie Thesaurus plus student and specialist dictionaries.

Australian contentMargaret Gee's Australian Media Guide
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Margaret Gee’s Media Guide is Australia’s leading source for up-to-date media contacts. Each edition contains more than 21,000 media contacts and 4,500 media outlets, providing you with a direct link to deliver your message to your market. Contacts are updated daily.

Mango Languages
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Mango Languages is a language learning program teaching practical grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and cultural skills of some of the world's most popular languages.  Mango Basic teaches skills for simple conversations in only a few hours while Mango Complete 2.0 teaches in-depth, comprehensive language skills. Mango also has a translation service.  Languages include Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Spanish (Latin American) and English as a second language.

MasterFILE Premier
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Designed specifically for public libraries, MasterFILE Premier contains full text for more than 2,000 general periodicals covering a broad range of disciplines including general reference, business, education, health, general science, multi-cultural issues and much more.

Australian contentNew South Wales Family History Document Service
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Online records for family history research in New South Wales, Australia.  Useful for finding information on people who lived and worked in New South Wales during the period 1850-1920.

NoveList Plus
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Using NoveList Plus, you can search among hundreds of thousands of popular fiction and readable nonfiction titles, and also retrieve author read-alikes, book lists, book discussion guides, and more.

Online tutoring by 'Studiosity' (formerly YourTutor)
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Studiosity (previously known as Yourtutor) is a free online tutoring service that provides easy, instant help with subjects including maths, English, science, research and study skills from qualified tutors Sunday to Friday between 3 pm and 10 pm.

Points of View Reference Center
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Points of View Reference Center is a full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue.

SAGE: Science and Geography Education
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An index to journal articles on science and geography. Contains some articles in full-text.

Science Reference Centre
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Science Reference Center is a comprehensive research database that provides easy access to a multitude of full text science-oriented content. Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals, and other sources. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science & society, science as inquiry, scientists, technology and wildlife.

Australian contentSydney Morning Herald (SMH) Digital Editions 2006 onwards
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This new generation digital product delivers an identical replica of SMH printed editions, approximately one month behind. It contains every article, photo, table, advertisement, cartoon, page and section published in the newspaper. The only exception is some inserts such as magazines type format.

TumbleBooks - eBooks for kids
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For kids and families, TumbleBooks lets you watch and listen to e-books online, play games and write reviews.

World Book Web
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A suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related Web sites.

Australian contentWoollahra Local History database
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More Databases

Additional databases are available from home for access from the State Library for residents of New South Wales. You must first register for a State Library Readers Card, which you can do online. You will need to allow up to 10 days to receive your Reader's Card before you can use these databases from home.