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Ngā pātengi raraunga Rorohiko me te Hangarau Computing and Technology databases

Online "premium" databases you can access for free with your library card. Not a member? Join online


Lynda.com is an online tutorial service providing access to over 3,500 instructional videos on computer software, creative and business skills. The courses are delivered by tutors who are both experts in their field and know how to teach. Added features, allow for searching across courses, curated playlists and individual access enabling course progress to be saved. Lynda.com can be accessed both within the library, or from outside.

It's also possible to use the Lynda.com app for Android and iOS (in addition to the browser version) to download tutorials to watch offline. You can find information on how to set up the app with your library login on our eLibrary Help pages

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RBdigital eMagazines

RBdigital (formerly Zinio) provides access to a range of magazines which can be read on computers or mobile devices, with magazines such as Apple Magazine, .Net and Linux Format.

Browse RBdigital eMagazines

Overdrive Computer Technology eBooks

Borrow computing eBooks with your library card on Overdrive. You can find information about getting started with our eBooks here.

Overdrive eBooks

Gale Computer Database

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Computer Database is a one-stop reference resource for up-to-date information on the world of technology. Instantly access hundreds of today's most well-read and influential periodicals in a single search. Featuring coverage from 1980 to the present, Computer Database is the perfect source for research on trends and innovations in the ever-changing world of technology.

Gale Computer Database

MasterFILE Complete

A resource in the EBSCO suite of databases, provides online access to a huge range of newspapers, magazines and journals on a wide range of subjects - including computing and electronics. The access provided depends on the magazine or journal concerned, and may either be the entire full text of articles, individual article abstracts (helpful for locating references to useful articles and then accessing traditional print copies if the library holds them), or brief citations.
Some full text computing/electronics titles available through MasterFILE complete include:

For other titles, try a publications search or by Subject & Description for "Computers & software" for a list of computing titles available through this database.

Access MasterFILE Complete

Australia/NZ Reference Centre

Australia/NZ Reference Centre is another database in the EBSCO suite. It combines Australia and New Zealand specific magazines, newspapers, reference books, and company information to create the largest collection of regional full text content available online.

Some full text computing/electronics titles include:

Australia/NZ Reference Centre

Other useful sites

These are sites that don't require a login (freely available online sites), that you may also find useful:

Code Academy

"Codecademy is the easiest way to learn how to code. It's interactive, fun, and you can do it with your friends."

Code Academy


Udacity has free educational videos and courses that range across quite a few topics - and similar to Udacity above, they include Computer Science.



Want to learn to build your own website? W3Schools contains free tutorials that will step you through HTML, XHTML, JavaScript and other building blocks of the Web. Especially helpful are the interactive examples where you can 'try it for yourself'.