Online databases A-Z
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.
Ancestry Library Edition
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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.
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.
A joint facility of UTS and UNSW Faculties of Law
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.
British Newspaper Archive
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The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership between the British Library and Findmypast to digitise the British Library's vast collection of newspapers. Register for a free account to access millions of pages from a fast-expanding range of local, regional and national newspapers from 1603 to the present day, from both Britain and further afield. Content includes News Articles, Family Notices, Letters, Obituaries and Advertisements.
Access in the library (See librarian for login and password)
Online version of the Australian Consumers Association's magazine. Site features independent reviews and advice about products.
Woollahra Council minutes and documents 1860 - 1980.
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.
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, FamilySearch.org, free access is available to its resources and services online. FamilySearch.org is one of the most used genealogy sites on the Internet.
Find 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.
Answer the age-old question, “What do I read next?” Search and match reading interests to books, authors, genres, or topics.
Research global companies and industries with in-depth analysis through current news, statistical data, and comprehensive reports.
Search a full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to alternative medical practices.
Discover the world's most influential people by searching narrative biographies, news, magazine, and multimedia content.
Understand environmental issues that affect people globally through topic overviews, journals, news, and multimedia content.
Analyse important global issues and events through topic overviews, international viewpoints, news, and multimedia content.
Find overviews, news, and opinions on hundreds of today's important social issues.
Understand context for hundreds of science topics through overviews, journals, news, interactive experiments, and more.
Uncover information on hundreds of the most significant people, events, and topics in world history from a variety of sources.
General interest database, which includes magazines, news articles, academic journals, images, and video to support everyday research covering a wide range of subject areas including, Arts and Humanities, Business and Industry, Economics, Engineering, Health & Medicine, Languages and Linguistics, Literature and Writing, Mathematics, Political Science, Science & Technology and Social Sciences.
Manipulate 3D interactive models to visualize and understand concepts in biology, chemistry, earth, and space science.
Find up-to-date biographies, overviews, full-text criticisms, audio interviews, and reviews on writers from all eras.
Access comprehensive periodical content with a focus on Australia and New Zealand, complemented by global news, reference, and multimedia coverage.
The Criminal Justice Collection makes research easy by bringing together information from more than 250 journals to assist those interested in forensic science, investigating crime scenes, developing policy, researching terrorism, writing sociological reports, and much more.
With more than 100 full-text magazines and journals covered in databases such as the Wilson Art Index and RILM, this collection will provides resources to support research in areas such as drama, music, art history, and filmmaking.
This Online Virtual Library database collection provides information related to gender and sexuality in culture and society including research information on women's studies, gender identity and more.
Access major U.S. and international newspapers online to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, or other fields.
Covers the fields of physical therapy, physical fitness, and sports medicine. Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine offers a wide spectrum of information, including proven treatment techniques, experimental research, and more.
Gale OneFile: Religion and Philosophy covers topics of philosophies and religions in one comprehensive collection. Researchers will gain valuable insight about the impact religion has had on culture throughout history, including literature, arts, and language. Updated daily, Religion and Philosophy supports a broad range of topics from theological approaches to social issues.
Library members can enjoy independent reviews and articles about books and authors at the Good Reading Hub, with PK mag (for children), Spineout (for young people) and Good Reading (for adults).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Margaret 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 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.
Explore amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space. Best for children aged 6–14.
Browse this cross-searchable platform for research insight from journalism's most trusted name in exploration and discovery.
New 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.
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.
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.
An index to journal articles on science and geography. Contains some articles in full-text.
This new generation digital product delivers an identical replica of SMH printed editions. 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.
For kids and families, TumbleBooks lets you watch and listen to e-books online, play games and write reviews.
World Book Online
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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.
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.