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Database Index

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    • 17th and 18th Century Nichols Newspapers Collection
      Categories: Newspapers
      The Collection features London newspapers, pamphlets, periodicals and broadsheets gathered by antiquarian and printer John Nichols. This collection forms the 296 volumes of bound material in the Nichols newspaper collection held at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, and spans the years 1672 to 1737 complementing the titles and issues found in 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection Newspapers
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    • BBC World Service
      Categories: Language Databases, Free
      World news and analysis with BBC World service in 32 languages including Arabic, Chinese, French, Hindi, Russian, Sinhala, Somali, Tamil and Urdu.
    • Bartleby.com
      Categories: Encyclopaedias & Dictionaries, Free
      This site combines contemporary and classic reference works including the Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed., (2001), American Heritage Dictionary, 4th ed., (2000), Roget's Thesauri, The Columbia World of Quotations (1996), The Bible, King James version (1999), Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body, 20th ed., (1918), along with many others on English usage, literary history, mythology etc.
    • Biography in Context
      Categories: Arts, Music
      This comprehensive database contains biographical information on more than 185,000 people including artists and musicians from throughout history, around the world, and across all subject areas. It combines award-winning biographies from respected Gale Group sources and also includes full-text articles from hundreds of periodicals. You can search for people based on one or more personal facts such as birth and death year, nationality, ethnicity, occupation or gender, or combine criteria to create a highly-targeted custom search.
    • Bloomsbury Drama Online
      Categories: Study & homework
      Drama Online is a one stop shop for anyone with an interest in drama. This award winning database features over 1,200 classic and contemporary play texts, including the complete works of Shakespeare. Background to the plays are provided through critical scholarly works, theory and practical 'how to' guides. There is also streaming video of live performances from Shakespeare's Globe and professional audio recordings from L.A. Theatre Works. Search for and sort plays and monologues using cast size, gender, roles, genre, period, author, setting and theme filters. There is plenty here to discover.
    • Book Browse
      Categories: Books & Reading, Free
      This site provides access to many current books with access to reviews, author interviews and excerpts.
    • BorrowBox
      Categories: Kids' Databases
      Includes downloadable MP3 fiction and nonfiction eAudiobooks for young adults and children.
    • Business Reference Suite
      Categories: Business databases and online resources
      Provides one-stop access to the following databases and lets you search any or all of the following resources:
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    • CIA World Factbook
      Categories: Facts & figures, Free
      Produced by the Central Intelligence Agency of the US government, this site provides data on every country's geography, people, government, economy, communications, military etc. In each instance a basic map and image of the flag, with description, are also available.
    • Careers Library Guide
      Categories: Jobs & Careers Databases, Free
      This guide provides access to websites and articles on subjects such as networking, marketing, resumé writing and upgrading your skills. Links to employment websites and how to find books on relevant subjects are also included in the Careers Popular Topic.
    • Careers New Zealand
      Categories: Jobs & Careers Databases, Free
      The best place to start finding information is Careers New Zealand , whether you are a school leaver, thinking of a career change, returning to work or upskilling. There are links to interactive tools, employment sites and relevant training events and courses.
    • Code Academy
      Categories: Computing & Technology Databases, Free
      "Codecademy is the easiest way to learn how to code. It's interactive, fun, and you can do it with your friends."
    • ComicsPlus
      Categories: Kids' Databases
      A vast collection of diverse comics and graphic novels for all ages which can be read on computers, smartphones or tablets. Cool kids presses like Papercut, Andrews McMeel and Graphic Classics feature original children's comics, as well as non-fiction versions of classic literature and funny cartoons like Garfield and Charlie Brown. Browse by fantasy, crime, romance, movie and TV, horror and more, and then choose any comic you want. Just create an account with Wellington City Childrens Library and start borrowing. There's no limit to the number of titles you can take out through ComicsPlus, and comics are made available for 7 days.
    • CommunityFinder
      Categories: Funding & Community, Free
      A community directory that links various groups and services across the Wellington region. You can browse under categories such as Employment, Education & training, and Arts, dance, music & theatre or use keywords to search all the listings. Information about the groups and contact details are provided.
    • Community Law manual online
      Categories: Government and Law
      The Community Law Manual deals with many areas of community and personal life and provides answers and solutions to common legal questions. Easy to read information on areas of New Zealand law where people often experience problems, this site is a great starting point to search for information about the law and legal issues.
    • CommunityNet Aotearoa
      Categories: Funding & Community, Free
      This website is designed for people working in and with whanau, hapu and iwi, and community organisations. This includes the staff, board and committee members of organisations, community development advisors and others working with these groups, and those wanting to set up community projects or organisations. It includes how-to guides, case studies, links to other useful websites, and community organisation news, job vacancies, events and classified ads.
    • Contemporary Women's Issues
      Categories: Social comment
      This multidisciplinary, full-text database brings together relevant content from mainstream periodicals, often overlooked and hard-to-find newsletters and NGO research, plus ephemeral literature from leading research institutes and grass roots organizations that is rarely indexed or catalogued - with a focus on the critical issues and events that influence women's lives in more than 190 countries. Contemporary Women's Issues covers a spectrum of women's concerns ranging from domestic violence, employment and the workplace, and gender equity to family, reproductive health and human rights.
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    • Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (on Te Ara)
      Categories: History, Māori databases, New Zealand, People and Places, Science & Technology, Free
      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 Sean Fitzpatrick, 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 Māori-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.
    • Digital NZ
      Categories: New Zealand, Free
      Search and discover millions of NZ images, text, video and audio from the digital stores of libraries, museums, archives, communities, and government.
    • DigitalNZ
      Categories: History, Free
      Search and discover millions of NZ images, text, video and audio from the digital stores of libraries, museums, archives, communities, and government.
    • Dragonsource
      Categories: Language Databases, Magazines
      Dragon source provides access to hundreds of Chinese language magazines in both simplified and traditional Chinese including Vogue, Reader's Digest, and Phoenix weekly. These can all be viewed on your pc or mobile device browser. The database can be searched using title, keyword, or alternatively simply click on the magazine covers.
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    • EBSCO Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre
      Categories: Magazines, Social comment, Study & homework
      The Australia/NZ Reference Centre combines Australia and New Zealand specific magazines, newspapers & newswires, reference books, and company information to create the largest collection of regional full text content available. This database provides local perspectives on current events, business, sports, and many other subjects. Titles include Australian House & Garden, Australian Geographic, NZ Business, New Zealand Management, Metro, Australia Country Report, New Zealand Country Report, New Zealand Herald, etc. Click Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre titles for a full list of titles.
    • Employment New Zealand
      Categories: Jobs & Careers Databases, Free
      Employment New Zealand is part of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, and provides information and support to employers, employees, unions and workplaces on employment relations matters. Find information about leave and holidays requirements (including parental leave), hours and wages, your employment rights, resolving problems and more
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    • FDA Index to Drug-Specific Information
      Categories: Health, Free
      This site from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) provides links to Consumer, Patient, and Healthcare Professional Sheets describing drugs and their effects. The wider CDER site includes a wealth of information on the Center's roles in New Drug Development and Review, Generic Drug Review, Over-the-Counter Drug Review, and Post Drug Approval Activities.
    • Fantastic Fiction
      Categories: Books & Reading, Free
      Fantastic Fiction is an online catalog of authors and books for those of us who love to read fiction. Especially great for information about series (use the drop-down series search)
    • Find My Past
      Categories: History
      At findmypast.com.au, search over 50 million records for Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands - millions of records that you won't find available elsewhere online. Sister site findmypast.co.uk works in partnership with the National Archives of the United Kingdom on pioneering projects such as the 1911 census for England & Wales, outbound UK passenger lists and British Army pension records; the Federation of Family History Societies on parish records dating back to 1538; and the Society of Genealogists on special collections.
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    • Gale Computer Database
      Categories: Computing & Technology Databases, Science & Technology
      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 Global Issues in Context
      Categories: Social comment
      Balanced information on crucial international issues and news headlines.
    • Gale Opposing Viewpoints In Context
      Categories: Social comment, Study & homework
      Provides access to a rich resource for perspectives on major contentious social, political, and technological issues. Search across the database or select from a wide range of contemporary topics such as cloning, race relations, chemical weapons and narcotics legalization.
    • Gale Primary Sources - Aggregate search
      Categories: Newspapers
      To search all of the above as well as 6 extra newspaper databases, use the aggregate search below. You can select which sources to search. The extra collections in the aggregate search are:
    • Gale Research in Context
      Categories: Kids' Databases
      Research in Context is suitable for intermediate students, it combines the best of Gale's reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Students will find outstanding support to complete assignments in core subjects including literature, science, and social studies.
    • Gale Student Resources in Context
      Categories: Books & Reading, Study & homework
      This database provides researchers with an expansive collection specifically designed to meet the needs of university undergraduates. Topics covered in depth include History, Geography & Cultures, Literature, and Science & Health. Content comes from reference books and encyclopedias, newspapers, magazines and a variety of multimedia sources. Text and criticism of Shakespeare's plays and poems is a feature.
    • General OneFile
      Categories: Magazines, Social comment
      A one-stop source for news and periodical articles ( General OneFile title list) on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many general interest topics. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.
    • Goodreads
      Categories: Books & Reading, Free
      Goodreads is a social network for readers, owned by Amazon. Keep a virtual bookshelf of what you've read, build your to-read list, and discover new books by following what your friends are reading. Search the huge database of user and product reviews, interact with authors (follow what they're reading), review books, keep lists and contribute to lists. Apps also available for iOS and Android.
    • givME
      Categories: Study & homework
      Formerly BreakOut
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    • Health and Disability Commissioner
      Categories: Health, Free
      The Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights confers a number of rights on all consumers of health and disability services in New Zealand and places corresponding obligations on doctors and other providers of those services. A summary of your rights is available in several languages. The website also includes the relevant Act and the Commissioner's published opinions on past cases.
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    • Index New Zealand
      Categories: Business databases and online resources, Magazines, Māori databases, New Zealand, People and Places, Newspapers, Science & Technology
      Although only providing some fulltext material, INNZ indexes valuable NZ material which is not indexed elsewhere, and which the library holds eg Her magazine, Human Resources, Istart, and Employment Today.
    • International Herald Tribune Historical Archive
      Categories: Newspapers
      This archive includes Paris Herald, followed by the Paris Herald Tribune and finally the International Herald Tribune, retracing the history of the 20th century from luxury travel and opulent entertainment, to international conflicts, the spread of American culture abroad and globalization. This American newspaper published in Paris had an independent editorial spirit throughout and offers a strong focus on objective reporting of international news. From 1967 it became the International Herald Tribune, with The Washington Post and The New York Times as joint parent newspapers.
    • Internet Movie Database
      Categories: Arts, Free
      This comprehensive database provides information on movies, directors, actors and what's happening in the film industry. There are links to reviews for most movies and extensive filmographies for many people.
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    • Labour market reports
      Categories: Jobs & Careers Databases, Free
      The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment has useful NZ labour market information, statistics and analysis.
    • LanguageNut
      Categories: Kids' Databases
      LanguageNut is a fun way to learn different languages for kids and adults. There are songs, stories and games for each language so you'll be adding to your vocabulary without really realising it! The non-English languages you can learn include te reo Māori, Indonesian, Mandarin (Pinyin and Hanzi), Italian, Arabic script and many others. There is also an option to learn English if you speak another language.
    • Law Pathfinder
      Categories: Government and Law
      Information on using Wellington City Libraries' legal resources is available from the Law Pathfinder. The collection includes Legislation, Brookers and Butterworth books, law journals and reports.
    • LibraryThing
      Categories: Books & Reading, Business databases and online resources, Arts, Jobs & Careers Databases, History, Māori databases, Study & homework, Free
      LibraryThing is another popular social network for readers. Catalog your books from Amazon, the Library of Congress and 2231 other libraries. Catalog your movies and music too. Find new books to read. Talk about what you love with other committed bibliophiles. Track and lend your books.
    • Literature Resource Center
      Categories: People and Places
      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.
    • London Illustrated News, (New Zealand content), 1842-1902
      Categories: Māori databases, Free
      The Illustrated London News was a picture newspaper that ran for over 150 years, published every week. The emphasis was always on Britain but world events were covered, especially where Britain was involved or affected. The emerging colony of New Zealand received some coverage especially during the New Zealand Wars. This database produced by the University of Waikato Library includes scanned images of the all the text and illustrations that refer to events in New Zealand during the first sixty years from volume 1 in 1842 to volume 121 in 1902. The entries can be searched by keyword or you can browse in chronological order.
    • Lynda.com
      Categories: Business databases and online resources, Science & Technology
      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.
    • Lynda.com
      Categories: Music
      Lynda.com is an online tutorial service providing access to over 3,500 instructional videos on computer software, business and creative skills - including music composition and recording techniques. 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.
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    • Manybooks.net
      Categories: Books & Reading, Free
      There are a number of places to get books online, but this recent addition is definitely worth a look. Manybooks.net has adapted over 10,000 e-texts created by the Project Gutenberg DVD and placed them online in a host of formats, including pdf, eReader, and as Palm document files. Visitors can begin by browsing by author, title, category, or language. Some of the languages covered in the database include Dutch, Esperanto, Swedish, Tagalog, and Welsh. You can browse through the most popular titles, recommendations or recent reviews from visitors, or special collections. Also includes an ebook cover page, where you can peruse the covers of many of the books contained within the archive.
    • Maori Land Court Minutes Index
      Categories: Māori databases, Free
      An index database providing easy, quick reference to over 1100 minute book records, 1865 and 1910. May include whakapapa as proof to a person's right to succession to the land. (Note - this is not a fulltext database).
    • Marketline Advantage (formerly Datamonitor)
      Categories: Business databases and online resources
      Mainly international in scope but Marketline Advantage has more New Zealand and Australian information appearing. This impressive market research database can be used to look for company profiles, country profiles (very detailed), industry profiles, and case studies (new).
    • MasterFILE Complete
      Categories: Books & Reading
      Designed specifically for public libraries, this multidisciplinary database provides full text for more than 2,000 general reference publications covering a range of subjects including literature, writing, book reviews, biography and much more, with information dating as far back as 1922. MasterFILE Complete also contains full text for more than 1,000 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps & flags.
    • MasterFILE Complete
      Categories: Computing & Technology Databases, Magazines, Social comment, Science & Technology
      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:
    • MedlinePlus
      Categories: Health, Free
      MedlinePlus is the US National Institutes of Health's Web site for health professionals and consumers alike. Produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, it provides reliable, up-to-date health information on over 900 diseases and conditions. You can learn about the latest treatments, look up information on a drug or supplement, find out the meanings of words, or view medical videos or illustrations. You can also get links to the latest medical research on your topic or find out about clinical trials on a disease or condition. There are directories, a medical encyclopedia and a medical dictionary, easy-to-understand tutorials on common conditions, tests, and treatments, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs. MedlinePlus is updated daily.
    • Medsafe Consumer Information
      Categories: Health, Free
      Medsafe is the New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority. It is a business unit of the Ministry of Health and is the authority responsible for the regulation of therapeutic products in New Zealand. This website includes Consumer Medicine Information (CMI) containing advice such as what the medicine is used for, how it should be taken, what side effects can occur, whether you can drive or drink alcohol while taking the medicine, and what to do if you miss a dose. Because CMI do not contain all the available information, ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about taking the medicine. The CMIs that are on this website have been written by pharmaceutical companies, using guidelines set by Medsafe. Medsafe does not evaluate or approve CMIs, and is therefore not responsible for the information contained in a CMI.
    • Music on MasterFILE Complete
      Categories: Music
      There are a number of full text music magazines available through this Ebsco database, including those listed below.
    • Māori statistics
      Categories: Māori databases, Free
      This web page from Statistics New Zealand (Tatauranga Aotearoa) brings together statistical information on the Māori population from a range of sources to help understand the size and direction of changes in their demographic, economic, social and cultural position.
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    • National Library of New Zealand
      Categories: Māori databases, Free
      This searches across all of their catalogue resources and contains a mine of information, including links to manuscripts, photographs, newspapers and ephemera. This includes Donald McLean Papers; Tiaki; Paperspast ; AtoJsOnline (Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives).
    • New Zealand apprenticeships
      Categories: Jobs & Careers Databases, Free
    • NZ Edge - Legends
      Categories: Science & Technology, Free
      "Featuring 40+ definitive short biographies of New Zealanders who have changed or benefitted the world in some way. Working from New Zealand and internationally, these scientists, artists, designers, inventors, warriors, and adventurers are inspiration for achievement."
    • NZETC - NZ Electronic Text Centre
      Categories: Māori databases, Free
      New Zealand Electronic Text Centre is a huge number of digitised texts - including a many historical books with interesting Māori information and stories. The collection contains over 1400 texts and will continue to grow through projects to support teaching, learning and research at the university.
    • NZ Geographic
      Categories: Magazines, Science & Technology, Study & homework
      NZ Geographic has been celebrating our people, places, wildlife and environment for two decades. Its archives hold more than 600 in-depth features about our country, natural history and culture. You can now use your library card to gain access to all these features online, seeing the magazine with the same layout on the screen as it has in print. You can either read the latest issue, browse previous issues by clicking on covers or search the archive using keywords.
    • New Zealand Government
      Categories: New Zealand, Free
      This site is a portal to all central and local government bodies and the services they provide. Provides background information on New Zealand's history, constitution and government, as well as links to Ministries and Departments.
    • NZ Government guide to employment and jobs
      Categories: Jobs & Careers Databases, Free
      Has links to employment law, career advice and employment rights websites. Covers finding and starting a job, public holidays and work, annual leave, sick leave, workers rights, how to get an IRD number and more.
    • New Zealand History
      Categories: History, Free
      Information and resources from within the Research and Publishing Group of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Wellington, New Zealand. Three broad categories showcase themes in New Zealand history: Culture and society, Politics and government and New Zealand at war
    • New Zealand History - Politics and Government
      Categories: Government and Law
      Includes information about political milestones, protest and reform, the Treaty of Waitangi, Māori leadership, Heads of State, Parliament and the people, the work of government, and New Zealand in the world.
    • New Zealand Legislation
      Categories: Government and Law
      This website provides free public access to New Zealand statutes (Public, Local, and Private Acts) and Statutory Regulations. Legislation on the website has amendments incorporated to provide a snapshot of the law as it currently stands. Amendments are added as soon as possible. Superceded legislation is also available on the site, by clicking on 'see other versions' when browsing a particular Act or Regulation. Legislation can be either browsed or searched.
    • NZ On Screen - Māori
      Categories: Māori databases, Free
      NZ On Screen is the online showcase of NZ television, film, music video and web series. All content is free to view - around 4,000 titles from the beginning of the screen industry to the present day to watch and enjoy.
    • NZORD, the New Zealand Organisation for Rare Disorders
      Categories: Health, Free
      This website includes a comprehensive listing of support groups for patients and families affected by rare and common disorders, as well as providing guides to medical and scientific research available on the internet. Free website facilities are provided for rare disease groups to communicate with their members, and to link to overseas groups for the same condition. Advice is also available on incorporation and charitable status for support groups.
    • New Zealand Sign Language
      Categories: Language Databases, Free
      Information about New Zealand sign language, which is an official language in New Zealand.
    • Newspaper websites at the Library
      Categories: Newspapers, Free
      The websites of major New Zealand and international newspapers are accessible from the free internet computers in the library. Titles available include The Dominion Post, The New Zealand Herald, Sydney Morning Herald, South China Morning Post, The Guardian.
    • Newspapers Library Guide
      Categories: Newspapers, Free
      Contains information on Wellington City Libraries' paper and microfiche newspaper collection
    • Ngata Dictionary
      Categories: Encyclopaedias & Dictionaries, Māori databases, Free
      The H. M. Ngata Dictionary offers over 14,500 headwords, illustrating their use in sentences and phrases drawn from a wide range of contemporary and traditional contexts. It is available online for English to Māori and Māori to English searching. Based primarily on Ngati Porou dialect, the dictionary embraces a wide variety of tribal usages and is accessible to students at a basic level, as well as to those with an advanced knowledge of Māori language. The Dictionary complements the use of other dictionaries of Māori and English, and glossaries produced by other agencies such as Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (the Māori Language Commission).
    • Niupepa: Māori Newspapers Digital Collection
      Categories: Newspapers, History, Free
      The Niupepa: Māori Newspapers Digital Collection is an electronic collection of over 17,000 pages taken from 34 separate periodicals. It is based on 'Niupepa 1842-1933', a microfiche collection produced by the Alexander Turnbull Library. 70% of the collection is written solely in Māori, 27% is bilingual and about 3% is written in English. There were three main types of niupepa published; government sponsored, Māori initiated, and religious.
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    • Oddizzi
      Categories: Kids' Databases
      Oddizzi site is a fun, interactive way to learn about countries. It includes weather, climate, rainforests, volcanoes, earthquakes, oceans, food and farming, animals, transport, jobs, schools, festivals, religion, and more. Need to find out about a country or have a topic about the natural world to research?
    • Overdrive
      Categories: Language Databases
      Free eBook and downloadable eAudiobook collection containing thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles, including foreign language study titles
    • Overdrive for Kids
      Categories: Kids' Databases
      Free eBook and downloadable eAudiobook collection containing thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles for children.
    • Oxford English Dictionary Online
      Categories: Books & Reading, Language Databases
      The Oxford English Dictionary is the accepted authority on the evolution of the English language over the last millennium. It is an unsurpassed guide to the meaning, history, and pronunciation of over half a million words, both present and past. It traces the usage of words through 2.5 million quotations from a wide range of international English language sources, from classic literature and specialist periodicals to film scripts and cookery books. Updated quarterly with at least 1000 new and revised entries, OED Online offers unparalleled access to the 'greatest continuing work of scholarship that this century has produced' (Newsweek).
    • Oxford Music Online
      Categories: People and Places, Music
      This database is the leading online resource for music research and features more than 50,000 articles on musicians, composers, musicologists, and much more.
    • Oxford Reference Online
      Categories: Books & Reading, Language Databases
      Oxford Reference Online provides access to works from one of the world's biggest reference publishers in a single cross-searchable resource. Content includes English and bilingual dictionaries, thesauruses, and dictionaries of quotations, religion, folklore and mythology. The Oxford companions to Shakespeare and American and English literature are also available.
    • Oxford Reference Online: Computing
      Categories: Computing & Technology Databases
      Oxford Reference Online provides access to over 100 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press
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    • Papers Past
      Categories: New Zealand, Newspapers, Free
      Provided by the National Library, Papers Past showcases selected 19th century New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The site currently contains digital images of over one million pages from more than 40 publications. Wellington papers include:
    • PressReader
      Categories: Business databases and online resources, Language Databases, Social comment
      This gives same day, unlimited access to full-page replicas of thousands of newspaper and magazine titles from NZ and around the world. Publications are available from more than 100 countries in over 60 languages, with titles going back 90 days. It comes with a number of options including a customisable home feed, searching, instant translation, and social options such as sharing, commenting and following other users. You can access PressReader through your browser or with the PressReader app, available in the Apple and Google Play app stores. Publications can also be downloaded for offline reading on the app.
    • ProQuest Research Library
      Categories: Arts, Government and Law
      Features a diversified mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and newspapers. Nearly 4,000 titles, over 2,800 in full text. Art related titles include African Arts, American Theatre, Antiques & Collecting Magazine, The Architectural Review, Asian Theatre Journal, British Journal of Aesthetics, Canadian Journal of Film Studies, Ceramics, Art and Perception, Dance Teacher, Film Quarterly, Oxford Art Journal, Theatre Research International, and many more.
    • ProQuest Research Library
      Categories: Business databases and online resources, History, Magazines, Social comment
      From business and political science to literature and psychology, this database provides access to a wide range of popular academic subjects. Sources include scholarly journals and trade publications, as well as highly respected magazines and newspapers.
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    • Small Engine Repair Reference Centre
      Categories: Science & Technology
      This database contains more than 400 full text repair manuals for a wide range of small engines including motorcycles, farm tractors, outdoor power tools and mowers, jet skis, boat motors, etc. There is often over 25 years of an engine model. Provides assistance for routine maintenance, such as tune-ups and brake service, as well as extensive repairs involving engine and transmission disassembly.
    • Statistics NZ
      Categories: Facts & figures, Free
      Browse New Zealand statistics by topic - a number of tools available.
    • Statistics New Zealand
      Categories: New Zealand, Free
      New Zealand's major source of official statistics. Includes information about the population (e.g. births, deaths, education, ethnicity, life expectancy), communities (e.g. families and households, housing, work and income), and social themes (e.g. crime, the road toll, poverty).
    • Studylink
      Categories: Funding & Community, Free
      For application forms and information on Student Allowances, Student Loans and the Unemployment Benefit Student Hardship.
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    • Taking the First Step - Kites Trust
      Categories: Jobs & Careers Databases, Free
      The Guidebook for jobseekers with mental health issues (PDF) was produced in November 2008 by the Kites Trust in conjunction with Leap, a Wellington-based employment rights initiative, run with and for people who have experienced mental health issues.
    • Te Ao Hou
      Categories: Māori databases, Free
      A magazine published by the Dept of Māori Affairs between 1951 and 1976 which aimed to "provide interesting and informative reading for Māori homes". It's strength is in its treatment of 'social' conditions and issues of the day.
    • Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand
      Categories: History, Free
      Kauri forest, gay men's lives, marae protocol, kiwi, the women's movement, farm fencing, gold mining, the Treaty of Waitangi, the electoral system, picnics and barbecues, and much more - Te Ara the Encyclopedia of New Zealand covers all aspects of New Zealand life. Developed over 12 years by the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Te Ara is a window on New Zealand history, peoples and culture.
    • Te Ara: the Encyclopedia of New Zealand
      Categories: Encyclopaedias & Dictionaries, Kids' Databases, New Zealand, Free
      In Māori, Te Ara means 'the pathway'. Through interlinking text and image trails, the Encyclopedia takes you on a journey of discovery. When complete, it will be a comprehensive guide to New Zealand - its peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy, institutions and society.
    • Te Puna Search
      Categories: Books & Reading, New Zealand, Free
      This is the National Library's New Zealand Union Catalogue -- detailing the holdings of all New Zealand libraries across the country. Te Puna Search (WorldCat Discovery) provides information about, and links to, the more than 9 million books, journals, and audiovisual items held in New Zealand libraries. Once you find the particular item you require you can go directly to the online catalogues of the holding libraries to see if it is available.
    • Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori
      Categories: Language Databases, Free
      The website of the Maori Language Commission, Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori, includes resources for interactive te reo Maori conversations, information about the language, and links to dictionaries and other resources.
    • The Arts on EBSCO
      Categories: Arts
      There are a number of full text magazines covering art, architecture, design, dance, film, and theatre, available through the MasterFile Complete and Australia and NZ Reference Centre databases, including those listed below.
    • The Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War
      Categories: History, Free
      Published by the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs in the decades after the end of the war, this fifty volume series covers all areas of New Zealand's involvement, from detailed accounts of particular battalions, to the political and economic background and consequences, to full accounts of particular episodes and campaigns. A search facility and separate maps and diagrams are available.
    • The Official New Zealand Road Code
      Categories: Cars and Transport Databases, Free
      The Official New Zealand Road Code Online is a user-friendly online guide to New Zealand's traffic laws and safe driving practices for cars, motorbikes and heavy vehicles. Includes the test questions and a study guide.
    • The Sunday Times Digital Archive
      Categories: Newspapers
      The Sunday Times Historical Archive, 1822-2006, is powerful in its hard-hitting and investigative journalism, with in-depth information and widely researched, long-term news stories. It is an important resource for all humanities and social sciences courses, especially in history, media studies/journalism, literature, cultural studies, politics, and performing arts.
    • Times Digital Archive
      Categories: Newspapers, Study & homework
      This database allows you to search and view more than 200 years of The Times [London], from 1785-2012. Content includes news articles, obituaries, advertising, book reviews and even the crossword puzzles. You can also browse by issue date, story headline, subject etc. Results are displayed at the article level and you may view the article - or the full page upon which it appeared. This is a valuable primary resource for students, genealogists, researchers and anyone interested in history.
    • Treaty of Waitangi Pathfinder
      Categories: Government and Law
      For locating Treaty of Waitangi information in the library, check out our Treaty of Waitangi Pathfinder.
    • TumbleBook Library
      Categories: Kids' Databases
      TumbleBooks offers picture books, chapter books, non-fiction books, educational videos and games. The picture books in TumbleBooks are created by adding animation, sound, music and narration to existing picture books in order to produce an ePicture book which you can read, or have read to you!
    • Tāngata Māori Database
      Categories: Māori databases, New Zealand, Newspapers, Free
      This comprises a collection of articles on Māori people covering the years 1930 to the present day, many of them taken from the Dominion and Evening Post newspapers. The core of the material once formed the biographies file of the New Zealand vertical file collection.
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    • UN Data
      Categories: Facts & figures, Free
      United Nations country profiles with statistics for economic indicators, social indicators, environment and trade.
    • Udacity
      Categories: Computing & Technology Databases, Free
      Udacity has free educational videos and courses that range across quite a few topics - and similar to Udacity above, they include Computer Science.
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