Check out EDS -our great new tool for searching across our online databases

Our EDS or “Ebsco discovery Service” link is your one stop shop to search through many of the Library’s online resources. It’s a great place to start your research, enabling you to browse and access all of the Wellington City Libraries’ electronic resources quickly, and get an overview of the resources available on your topic.

The simplest way to login is to click on the link “search across resources” from the drop down menu under the eLibrary tab on the Library home page. You can actually undertake your search at this point, but in order to access the full-text you will then be prompted to log in for full access. (this link is at the top of your screen and take you through to the eLibrary login page.

EDS defaults to only retrieving results for which the full article is available to you. (You can unclick this option), or also click the Peer Reviewed box to further filter your results. There are many filtering options including date, publication type, subject, geography, and also by database (the number of hits your search registers in each of the databases is recorded) – so it is easy to see which database may be of use for more in-depth research.

The wonderful bonus of using EDS is that you have access to more databases than your library actually subscribes to. These are the Complementary index (this is full-text supplied by primary publishers that is not available elsewhere) and the Directory of Open Access Journals.

You can type your search words either in the basic search box provided, or alternatively by selecting the Advanced search which allows you to filter your search prior to commencing your search.


You can also easily check to see whether access is available to a particular publication and which database it is in by clicking on the Publications tab.

Once your search results have displayed, you will either be presented with a link to view the fulltext in whichever library database holds the article or, the document in a pdf or html document which is included in the result. Either way, if you haven’t previously logged in to our elibrary service, you will be prompted to “login for full access” before you will be able to access the fulltext.

Do try our new resource – once you do, the fulltext in whichever library database holds the article or, the document in a PDF or html version it will be your go-to starting point to explore all our wonderful online resources.

Ancestry in August talks are underway

Gábor Tóth, local history specialist at Wellington City Libraries, talking about resources for genealogy research
Gábor Tóth, local history specialist at Wellington City Libraries, talking about resources for genealogy research

Family History Month is underway and it was great to see so many people at our first lunchtime seminar on Tuesday who were interested in finding out more about using library resources to help with their genealogical research.

Our second free Ancestry in August talk this Tuesday (9th August, 12 noon – 1pm at Central Library) will be given by Emerson Vandy, Digital Services Manager of the National Library of  New Zealand.  Emerson will be talking about Papers Past, a popular database run by the National Library, which has opened up a huge new source of source of genealogical information for researching family history in New Zealand.   The collection of digitised newspapers and periodicals covers the years 1839 to 1945 and includes 68 publications from all regions of New Zealand.  You can use and search Papers Past for free on our computers at any of our branch libraries or from anywhere you have internet access.

Papers Past have just published their two-millionth page and to celebrate this landmark they are holding a competition called “Find yourself in the past/Lose yourself in the papers”.  To enter simply search Papers Past for your name and find the most interesting match for your namesake.  All entries go in the draw to win a Kobo e-book reader – click on the competition link for more details.

Ancestry in August – free genealogy talks at Central Library

To celebrate Family History Month, Wellington City Libraries is holding a series of lunchtime talks for anyone interested in learning more about researching their family tree. Come along to Central Library and join us on the 2nd (top) floor at lunchtime on Tuesdays in August to learn more. All the sessions are free and there’s no need to book – just turn up on the day.

blog-posterAn Introduction to Genealogy at Wellington City Libraries
Tuesday 2nd August, 12noon-1pm

Gábor Tóth and Jessica Berg take you through some of the resources available to begin your family history research and help explain their strengths and weaknesses. The talk will include an overview of the library edition of ancestry.com, a powerful new database which is free to use at any Wellington City library branch.

Papers Past: a guide to the database and its use in genealogy
Tuesday 9th August, 12noon-1pm
Emerson Vandy, Digital Services Manager of the National Library of New Zealand, will introduce this database which has opened up a huge new source of genealogical information for researching family history in New Zealand up to 1945.

Finding your Whakapapa: an introduction to Maori genealogy
Tuesday 16 August, 12noon-1pm
Presented by Brenda Joyce from the Maori Interest Group of the New Zealand Society of Genealogists, this talk will help explain some of the intricacies associated with researching Maori family history.

BDM and Beyond: a guide to official records and more
Tuesday 23 August, 12noon-1pm
Jessica Berg from Wellington City Libraries presents an overview of using official birth, death and marriage records, including related records to help you find the next link in your family history.

Wellington Local History Resources: an introduction to Wellington-specific resources and their use
Tuesday 30 August, 12noon-1pm
Gábor Tóth, local history specialist at Wellington City Libraries, will give an overview of some of the lesser known sources of information which can be used to research ancestors who may have lived within Wellington.

If you have any queries about these seminars, please contact Gábor Tóth, phone 803-8572

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