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Online Databases

Use these online databases for your research, study and leisure. Some of these resources will require the use of a current Blacktown City Libraries card to gain access. A small number of these resources have a restricted license for in-library use only and are marked accordingly.

Further information

For help with online databases click on the help icon beside each resource, contact the library on 02 9839 6620 or via our Ask-a-Librarian service.


Arts

 

 Click to access Oxford Art Online

 Oxford Art Online

Looking for information on an artist or artistic style? Have a look on Oxford Art Online.

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 Click to access Proquest Research Library

 Proquest Research Library

Provides information and articles on over 150 subjects including art, film, music, business, news, general research, health and medicine, history, literature, science and technology, and social sciences.

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Business & Economics

 
 Click to access ABI Inform

ABI/Inform

A comprehensive business database providing in-depth coverage from thousands of publications, including business, economics, management theories and techniques.  

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Click to access Academic Search Premier

Academic Search Premier

Access articles and information on many areas of academic study including; biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology and religion.

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 Click to access Australia / NZ Reference Centre

Australia / NZ Reference Centre

Access up to date information on current affairs, business, company information, economics, sport and much more.

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Community Information

 
 Click to access Blacktown .id

Blacktown Demographic and Economic Data

Blacktown.id provides statistical information on the local government area using current and past Census data.

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 Click to access Blacktown Memories

Blacktown Memories

Provides access to a growing collection of local historical material including photographs, oral histories and local stories.

 

 Click to access the Community Information Database

Community Information Directory (Lincs)

Provides information on community organisations throughout Blacktown and beyond.

 

Current Affairs & News

 
 Click to access Australia & New Zealand Newsstream

Australia & New Zealand Newsstream

ProQuest Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) Newsstream provides access to leading Australian and New Zealand media outlets including regional and major metropolitan newspapers, and content from ABC and APP newswires.

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Australia / NZ Reference Centre

Access up to date information on current affairs, business, company information, economics, sport and much more.

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 Australian & New Zealand Points of View Reference Centre

Points of View Reference Centre

 
Need information for a debate? Want to know opposing views on topics such as euthanaisa, Australia becoming a republic or climate change? Then take a look here.

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Dictionaries & Encyclopaedias

 
 Click to access Britannica Library Edition

Britannica Library Edition

Suitable for all ages and provides access to images, videos and links to other websites.

 

 Click to access World Book

World Book

Don't know where to start with that assignment that's due tomorrow? Looking to brush up on your general knowledge for a triva night?

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eBooks, eAudiobooks, eMagazines

 
 Click to access BorrowBox

BorrowBox

Access a wide range of Australian and international authors in both eBook and eAudiobook format. There is something for everyone.

 

 Click to access OverDrive

OverDrive

eBooks and eAudiobooks for all ages. eBooks are also available in Chinese.

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 Click to access Zinio

Zinio

Access 1000s of digital magazines for free. There are no reservations or loan limits, so you can read whatever you like on any device.

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Employment

 
 Click to access My Career Match

My Career Match

Take the quiz that helps you discover an ideal career. Gain insight into your strengths and personality type, the qualities you would bring to a job and get useful tips to help you write a winning resume.

 

Environment & Science

 
 Click to access Directory of Open Access Journals

Directory of Open Access Journals

Access over 9,000 freely available journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science and humanities.

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 Click to access Greenfile

Greenfile

An environmental awareness resource with a focus on the human impact on the environment, including climate change, pollution, recycling, renewable energy and much more.

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 Click to access Science Reference Centre

Science Reference Centre

Provides articles from a range of sources including encyclopaedias and covers a variety of topics including; biology, chemistry, environment, health, history of science, life science, science biographies, space and more.

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HSC Study Lab

Study HSC syllabus content for chemistry, biology and physics through videos, interactive lessons and practice questions. First time users must register with a Blacktown City Libraries card to gain access.

 

Family History

 
 Click to access Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry Library Edition

Access local and international genealogical and historical resources including: census records; military records; court, land and probate records; immigration collections; and birth, death and marriage records. In-library access only.

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 Click to access Find My Past

Find My Past

Access millions of records including passenger lists, musters and census, church rolls, millitary service and court records from Australia, Britain and New Zealand. In-library access only.

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 Click to access Internet History Resources

Internet History Resources

Created with information from State Library of NSW, State Records, and New England Archives, this database contains over 30,000 records of the people who lived and worked in NSW from 1850 to 1920. Note: Some records require an additional paid membership to gain access. In-library access only.

 

General Reference

 
 Click to access Academic Search Premier

Academic Search Premier

Access articles and information on many areas of academic study including; biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology and religion.

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 Click to access Australia / NZ Reference Centre

Australia / NZ Reference Centre

Access up to date information on current affairs, business, company information, economics, sport and much more.

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 Click to access Britannica Library Edition

Britannica Library Edition

Suitable for all ages and provides access to images, videos and links to other websites.

 
 Click to access Choice

Choice Magazine

This database provides online access to Choice Magazine and product reviews conducted by Choice. See library staff for access.

 
 Click to access Directory of Open Access Journals

Directory of Open Access Journals

Access over 9,000 freely available journals covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social science and humanities.

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 Click to access Hobbies & Craft Reference Centre

Hobbies & Craft Reference Centre

Provides detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast.

 
 Click to access Master File Premier

Master File Premier

This database provides thousands of articles, along with photos, flags and maps, and over 81,000 primary source documents on a wide range of subjects including business, education, general science, health and more.

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 Click to access ProQuest Research Library

ProQuest Research Library

Provides information and articles on over 150 subjects including art, film, music, business, news, general research, health and medicine, history, literature, science and technology, and social sciences.

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 Click to access Trove

Trove

Created by the National Library of Australia, Trove provides access to over 490 million Australian resources including books, images, historic newspapers, maps and more.  

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 Click to access World Book

World Book

Suitable for all ages, World Book provides information on thousand of topics.

 

Government

 
 Click to access Blacktown City Council Business Papers

Blacktown City Council Business Papers & Minutes

Access important Council information.

 
 
 Click to access NSW Government Hansard and House Papers

Hansard and NSW State Parliament

Everything you need to know about the NSW State Parliament.

 
 Click to access the Independent Social Security Handbook

Independent Social Security Handbook

An independent guide to social security services in Australia including; payments, benefits, means tests, pensions and more. In-library access only.

 

Health

 
 Click to access Consumer Health Complete

Consumer Health Complete

Access information on a range of health related topics.

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 Click to access Drug Info @ Your Library

Drug Info @ Your Library

Access valuable information regarding recreational and illicit drugs. This resource is managed by the State Library of NSW and the NSW Department of Health.

 
 Click to access Mental Health Coordinating Council

Mental Health Coordinating Council

Access information on mental health.

 

History

 
 Click to access Ancient & Medieval History Online

Ancient & Medieval History Online

Explore important wars, peoples and the cultures of Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Also includes Medieval Europe, Asia and the Islamic Empire up to 1500AD.

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 Click to access History Reference Centre

History Reference Centre

Designed for secondary schools and undergraduate research, this database features full text for thousands of primary source documents and informational texts.

 
 Click to access Internet History Resources

Internet History Resources

Created with information from State Library of NSW, State Records, and New England Archives, this database contains over 30,000 records of the people who lived and worked in NSW from 1850 to 1920. Note: Some records require an additional paid membership to gain access. In-library access only.

 
 Click to access Modern World History Online

Modern World History Online

Discover world changing people, places and events in the broad expanse of history from 1450 to the 21st century.

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Indigenous Studies

 
 Click to access AIATSIS

Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)

Discover the culture, traditions, language and stories from the past and present of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Access research resources, online exhibitions and digitised collections.

 
 Access the Lowitja Institute

The Lowitja Institute

The Lowitja Institute is Australia’s national institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research. Access research, tools and resources on areas of priority identified by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

 
 Click to access Rediscovering Indigenous Languages

Rediscovering Indigenous Languages

This State Library of NSW project aims to make archival collections relating to Indigenous Australians accessible. The site features historic word lists, records and other documents relating to Indigenous Australian languages.

 

Learning Resources

 
 Click to access AMES Online English Courses

AMES Online English Courses

Online interactive English learning courses for learners at beginner, pre-intermediate, intermediate and advanced levels. Work at your own pace to improve your English skills.  

 
 Clear Pronunciation 1

Clear Pronunciation 1

Over 1,000 audio and video clips providing comprehensive help for English language learners to recognise and pronounce 43 English phonemes: vowels, consonants and diphthongs. In-library access only.

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 Click to access the Computer School

Computer School

Access over 10,000 tutorials on topics ranging from Android and Apples devices, Microsoft, Google, social media, internet safety and much more.

 
 Road to IELTS

Road to IELTS

A comprehensive online preparation and practice resource for IELTS. Access over 120 hours of interactive activities, advice videos from British Council experts. In-library access only.

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Legal Information

 
 Click to access Australian Legal Information Institute

Australian Legal Information Institute (AustLII)

Access Australian and international legal materials, including a law specific search engine, links, Australian cases, law and other legal matters.

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 Click to access Find Legal Answers

Find Legal Answers

Developed by Legal Information and Access Centre at the State Library of NSW, this database provides access to current and easy to understand information about the law in NSW.

 

Literature

 
 Click to access AustLit

AustLit - Australian Literature Gateway

Access reliable material on Australian literature and storytelling. In-library access only.

 

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 Click to access Bloom's Literary Reference Online

Bloom's Literary Reference Online

Have an English assignment? Studying gothic literature? Learn strategies for writing English essays. Read about the facsinating lives of world-famous writers. Study the most influential works of world literature.

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 Click to access Literary Reference Centre Plus

Literary Reference Centre Plus

Access articles and information on thousands of authors and their works, and cover different styles and literature through the ages.  

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 Click to access NoveList Plus

NoveList Plus

Look up new works of fiction and nonfiction, discover award winning books, access discussion guides, talks, recommended reads and more.

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 Click to access the Source

The Source

A subject guide to children's literature: books, short stories, traditional literature and poetry from around the world; with an emphasis on Australian and New Zealand literature.

 

Standards

 
 Click to access Australian Building Code Board and National Construction Code

Australian Building Code Board - National Construction Code

Online access to the Building Code, National Construction Code, and the Plumbing Code of Australia. 

 
 Click to access Standards Australia

Standards Australia

A document collection of 6,800 Australian standard specifications, procedures and guidelines designed to ensure quality and establish safety criteria in products, services and systems. In-library access only.

 

Statistics

 
 Click to access Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australia's official statistical organisation. Provides high quality and wide ranging statistics on aspects of life and business in Australia.
 

 
 Click to access Blacktown .id

Blacktown.id

Blacktown.id provides statistical information on the local government area using current and past Census data.

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Need more?

 
 Click to access State Library of NSW eResources

State Library of NSW

Use your Blacktown City Libraries card to register a State Library Public account and access a range of State Library eresources.

 
 Click to access National Library of Australia eResources

National Library of Australia

Every Australian resident is eligible for a standard National Library of Australia card. Register online and use your card to access the full range of eresources, including indexes, full-text ejournals, websites and guides.

 
 
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