Wellington City Libraries

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People and Places

Finding out about people and places is easy through the following links:

Gale Biography In Context

Gale Biography in Context is an improved experience from the Biography Resource Centre for those seeking contextual information on the world's most influential people. The new solution merges Gale's authoritative reference content (including Lives & Perspectives) with periodicals and multimedia organized into a user-friendly portal experience while also allowing users to search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender as well as keyword and full text.
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Novelist Plus

This database, which includes fiction and nonfiction titles for all ages, provides expert reading recommendations from professional librarians and read-alikes for every title, author, and series, combined with an easy-to-use interface designed with readers and librarians in mind. Quick and easy-to-use resources include book discussion guides (perfect for book groups!), thematic book lists and reading and book-oriented articles.
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Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (Te Ara)

This website contains over 3,000 biographies of New Zealanders who have made their mark on this country. It does not include people who are alive, so you will not find people like Helen Clark or John Key, but you will find people like George Nepia or Michael Joseph Savage. The site includes the collected biographies originally published in the printed Dictionary of New Zealand Biography series between 1990 and 2000, and in the parallel Maori-language series, Nga Tangata Taumata Rau. The 'Our Land, Our People' section includes material from the New Zealand Historical Atlas. It presents snapshots of places, times, events and trends in New Zealand history, linked to the biographical content.
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Australian Dictionary of Biography Online

The Australian Dictionary of Biography Online comprises volumes 1 to 16 in the continuing series, and the Supplementary Volume, of the printed ADB. The over 10,000 biographical articles are concise, authoritative accounts of the lives of significant and representative persons in Australian history who died before 1980. Print publication details, including the year, accompany each article.
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Encyclopædia Britannica

Encyclopædia Britannica Online offers over 73,000 encyclopaedia articles, both short and book-length. Other content includes over 300,000 articles from respected magazines and journals, today's news headlines from the NZ Herald and BBC News, and links to relevant websites.
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MasterFILE Complete

This huge database provides full text for nearly 1,950 general periodicals covering a range of subjects including current affairs, business, entertainment, education, health, general science, multi-cultural issues and much more. Also features full text from 88,000 biographies.
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Australia & New Zealand Newsstream (formerly ProQuest ANZ Newsstand)

This database offers full text access to national and provincial newspapers in Australia and New Zealand. New Zealand titles include The Dominion Post, The New Zealand Herald, The Press (Christchurch), Sunday Star-Times, Truth, and past issues of The Evening Post and The Dominion. Many titles can be searched going back several years.
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Oxford Art Online

Oxford Art Online has more than 45,000 encyclopaedia-style articles on the visual arts, including more than 21,000 biographies of artists and craftsmen. While it is particularly strong on European art up to the 20th century, other cultures, countries, and regions are represented from pre-history to today.
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Oxford Music Online

This database is the leading online resource for music research and features more than 50,000 articles on musicians, composers, musicologists, and much more.
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All Music Guide

This excellent resource provides searching ability for artists, albums, songs, styles and labels. Extensive biographical details for artists are included.
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Literature Resource Center

Includes biographical, bibliographical, critical, and contextual information on more than 120,000 authors and their works. Features include Scribner Writer's Series of 15-20 page signed essays on more than 1,600 authors and literary genres, as well as the full text of 200 frequently used Twayne Literary Masters books on individual World, US, or English authors.
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Business Source Premier

The valuable resource, Business Source Premier, provides you with remote access from home or work to a huge range of scholarly business, management and economics journals, including full text to the Harvard Business Review, New Zealand Management, Forbes, California Management Review, and New Zealand Business. In addition to the fulltext for more than 2,100 journals, another 1,800 journals are indexed. In addition, access to non-journal content includes market research reports, industry reports, country reports, company profiles and SWOT analyses.Content is updated daily and is particularly strong in marketing, management, MIS and economics.
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