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Resources you have access to with your library card, as well as a number of free websites.

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    • ABI / INFORM Global

      International business information including business trends, management techniques and practice and more. You can also access the The Wall Street Journal (Eastern edition), The Economist, and Financial Times in full text for free.

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    • Academic Search Elite

      A rich resource spanning a broad stretch of academic subjects with thousands of full-text journals and abstracted and indexed journals, many of which are peer-reviewed.

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    • Ancestry Library

      A research database for genealogists and family history enthusiasts aiding you to trace your family history, with records from United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand

      Access is via the public internet computers in our libraries, remote access is not available

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    • AnyQuestions

      AnyQuestions offers free online homework help to New Zealand school students. You can log on to the website from 1pm to 6pm Monday to Friday during the school year and chat online with a friendly librarian about a schoolwork question.

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    • Archives of Sexuality & Gender (Gale)

      Gale's Archives of Sexuality & Gender spans the sixteenth to the twentieth century and is the largest digital collection of primary source materials relating to the history and study of sex, sexuality and gender. Highlights include New Zealand periodicals Pink Triangle and Out! New Zealand's Alternative Lifestyle Magazine

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    • Australia & New Zealand Newsstream

      Newspapers from New Zealand and Australia covering regional and international topics updated daily, that can often be searched back many years. Some titles include:

      • The Dominion Post
      • The New Zealand Herald
      • The Press (Christchurch)
      • Past issues of The Evening Post and The Dominion
      • The Sydney Morning Herald
      • The Age (Melbourne)
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    • Careers New Zealand

      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.

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    • CIA World Factbook

      Produced by the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency of the United States), this site provides data on every country's geography, people, government, economy, communications, military etc. The one page fact summaries for every country are especially useful.

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    • Community Law Manual online

      The Community Law Manual deals with many areas of community and personal life and provides answers and solutions to common legal questions

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    • CommunityFinder

      A community directory that links various groups and services across the Wellington region

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    • CommunityNet Aotearoa

      Designed for people working in and with whanau, hapu and iwi, and community organisations. It includes how-to guides, case studies, links to other useful websites, and community organisation news, job vacancies, events and classified ads

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    • Computer Science (Gale)

      Gale Computer Science is a one-stop reference resource for computer and technology related news and information

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    • Consumer Health

      Health and wellness from mainstream medicine to complementary, holistic and integrated medicine, including a number of full text health magazines

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    • Contemporary Women's Issues (Gale)

      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 from across the globe

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    • Find My Past

      At Find My Past, search over 50 million genealogy records for Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands - millions of records that you won't find available elsewhere online.

      Access is via the public internet computers in our libraries, remote access is not available

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    • Genealogy Connect (Gale)

      Genealogy Connect features a wide range of genealogy eBook resources to assist genealogists and family history enthusiasts in their in their research

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    • General OneFile (Gale)

      Includes thousands of journal titles, audio of radio broadcasts, and hundreds of newspapers - a total of in excess of 14,500 titles (more than 40% of which are unique to the database) with more than 35 years of coverage from 1980 to present.

      Highlights include:

      • Full-text of the New York Times from 1985 to the present (updated daily), and The Economist from 1988 to the present, with no embargo
      • The full collection of National Public Radio (NPR) programs from 1990 to the present (including searchable transcripts), and links to thousands of video files from providers including NYTimes.com Video Collection and Associated Press Video News
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    • givME

      Offers access to more than 4,000 scholarships and awards for individuals. Part of the Generosity NZ suite of resources - the largest digital search facility for funding information in Aotearoa.

      See also givUS - for access to more than 1,200 grants and schemes for community groups.

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    • givUS

      Offers access to more than 1,200 grants and schemes for communities, volunteer organisations, schools, groups, sport clubs and iwi. Part of the Generosity NZ suite of resources - the largest digital search facility for funding information in Aotearoa.

      See also givME - for access to more than 4,000 scholarships and awards for individuals.

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    • Global Issues in Context (Gale)

      Balanced information on crucial international issues and news headlines. Has a useful Countries index with facts and figures, as well as in depth overviews of countries.

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    • Haynes Manuals AllAccess

      From the publishers of the popular books comes the online version which makes available over 600 online manuals, covering car and motorcycle maintenance and repairs

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    • Health and Disability Commissioner

      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. Also provides a summary of your rights is available in several languages

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    • Health and Wellness Resource Center (Gale)

      Consumer health resource providing authoritative information on a full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices

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    • High School in Context (Gale)

      Authoritative, reliable digital content from magazines, journals, newspapers, and reference books appropriate for intermediate- and high-school students and covers a wide range of subjects, including science, history, and literature

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    • Kanopy

      Kanopy is an on-demand streaming platform that focuses on thoughtful entertainment, including some of the world's best cinema such as award-winning independent, international and classic films, and documentaries

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    • Katalyst

      Contains comprehensive profiles on 15,800 New Zealand business to business (B2B) companies including details on their activities, brands, people, products and services searchable by 30 different criteria including location, number of employees, turnover, products (by ANZSIC code), job category or job title.

      Use Katalyst Business to:

      • Find new suppliers of products and services
      • Research companies, markets and industries
      • Identify and target key areas
      • Produce lists for direct mail campaigns
      • Find sales leads & make new contacts
      • Put your products in front of B2B purchasers

      Access is via the public internet computers in our libraries, remote access is not available

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    • LanguageNut

      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!

      To get started, enter your library card number into the box on the site labelled "barcode"

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    • Literature Resource Center (Gale)

      A comprehensive online literary site with information on many literary topics, authors and their works

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    • Litfinder (Gale)

      Provides access to a wealth of literary works and secondary source materials covering literature and authors throughout history and across the globe. It includes more than 150,000 full-text poems and over 800,000 poetry citations, as well as short stories, speeches, plays, biographies, work summaries, photographs, and a glossary

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    • Lynda.com

      Lynda.com is an video tutorial service providing access to over 3,500 instructional videos on many topics including computer software, design, video editing, animation and business skills. Learn business, software, technology, and creative skills to meet your personal or professional goals - with expert tutors who know how to teach.

      Your 'PIN' is your surname.

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    • Mango Languages

      An online language-learning system with access to 60 foreign languages and 17 English language courses. You can use through your browser, or download apps for Android and iOS.

      Note: To use the apps, you first need to create a Mango profile through the desktop version

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    • ManyAnswers

      Complementary to the AnyQuestions homework reference service - for those times when AnyQuestions librarians are not online, you can visit the ManyAnswers section of the website to find information on popular schoolwork questions.

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    • Maori Land Court Minutes Index

      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)

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    • MasterFILE Complete

      A large collection of full-text magazines, journals and reference books. If you are looking for a particular publication click on the 'Publications' link at the top of the database page.

      Also features full text from 88,000 biographies.

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    • Medsafe Consumer Information

      Medsafe is the New Zealand Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Authority, and is a business unit of the Ministry of Health. This website includes consumer medicine information containing advice such as what the medicine is used for, how it should be taken, and what side effects can occur, but please ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about taking any medicines

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    • Middle School in Context (Gale)

      Gale Middle School 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

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    • Ministry of Health

      The New Zealand Ministry of Health website has a Your Health section with fact sheets about a number of conditions and treatments in New Zealand, as well as a useful Statistics by Topic section

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    • Naxos Jazz Library

      Listen to streaming audio of classic jazz sourced from the OJC series, including iconic works by Chet Baker, Miles Davis, and John Coltrane in full album content.

      Naxos Music Library can not currently be accessed from the public computers in the library - logon from home or ask a staff member for help. As there are a limited number of sessions available at any one time, please log out when you have finished listening.

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    • Naxos Music Library

      Streaming music - over 276,000 tracks from 19,000 CDs. Classical, jazz, blues, world music & more. Includes almost all the standard classical repertoire, as well as other genres and music and information aimed at children.

      Naxos Music Library cannot currently be accessed from the public computers in the library - logon from home or ask a staff member for help. As there are a limited number of sessions available at any one time, please log out when you have finished listening.

      Note: To use the apps, you first need to create a Naxos Music Library profile through the desktop version

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    • Naxos Video Library

      Naxos Video Library is an extensive streaming video library of classical music performances, opera, ballet, live concerts and documentaries. Watch the world's greatest opera houses, ballet companies, orchestras and artists perform on demand!

      Naxos Video Library can not currently be accessed from the public computers in the library - logon from home or ask a staff member for help. As there are a limited number of sessions available at any one time, please log out when you have finished listening.

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    • New Kiwis

      This not-for-profit free website's aim is "linking NZ employers with skilled migrants eligible to work and currently living in New Zealand."

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    • New York Times

      Offers our members the opportunity to login each day with your library card details and claim a "group pass" which gives 24 hours' access to their websites & smartphone app. (Please note: the expiry time for your 24 hours access is given in US Eastern Time, and an initial nytimes.com registration is required.)

      Included in the pass is access to the searchable archive from 1851-1922 and 1981-present.

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    • New Zealand Artists Database

      A searchable index of what Wellington City Libraries holds on New Zealand artists. At present that means mainly painters, photographers, sculptors, and mixed media and installation artists, but as the database is expanded craft artists, jewelers, potters and architects will gradually be included

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    • New Zealand Government

      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

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    • New Zealand History

      Information and resources from the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Three broad categories showcase themes in New Zealand history: culture and society, politics and government and New Zealand at war.

      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

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    • New Zealand Legislation

      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

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    • New Zealand Sign Language

      Information about New Zealand sign language, which is an official language in New Zealand

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    • Niupepa: Māori Newspapers Digital Collection

      The Niupepa: Māori Newspapers Digital Collection is an electronic collection of over 17,000 pages taken from 34 separate periodicals.

      Most of the titles originally available through this project are now available through Papers Past - to find all the Niupepa titles available, scroll down to the 'Māori Newspapers' section of About Papers Past

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    • Novelist Plus

      Can't decide what to read next? Ready to dive into a new genre but don't know where to start? Novelist can help:

      • Find books by the same author, or similar books by another author.
      • Browse by subject, genre, and theme for over 150,000 titles.
      • Reviews, book discussion guides, and annotated book lists constantly updated
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    • NZ Geographic

      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

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    • NZ Government guide to employment and jobs

      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

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    • NZORD, the New Zealand Organisation for Rare Disorders

      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

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    • Papers Past

      Digitised New Zealand newspapers, periodicals, letters, diaries and parliamentary papers from 1839 to 1945. Coverage includes The Evening Post from 1865 to 1945, and The Dominion from 1907 to 1920, plus many other early Wellington region publications.

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    • Parliamentary Business

      Read Hansard, the Journals of the House, Order Papers and Questions and more parliamentary business online.

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    • Poetry and Short Story Resource Centre

      Classic and contemporary poems, as well as short stories, biographies and authoritative essays on such topics as poetic forms, movements and techniques.

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    • PressReader

      Gives same day, unlimited access to replicas of thousands of newspapers and magazines (across many subjects) from NZ and around the world. Browse by country, language or title. Publications are available from more than 100 countries in over 60 languages, with titles going back 90 days.

      You can access PressReader through your browser or with the PressReader app.

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    • Primary Sources (Gale)

      Simultaneously search or browse through all our Gale historical newspaper databases from the 1600s to the 21st century.

      Search includes archives for:

      • Daily Mail, 1896-2004
      • The Independent, 1986-2012
      • International Herald Tribune, 1887-2013
      • The Sunday Times, 1822-2006
      • The Telegraph, 1855-2000
      • The Times (of London), 1785-2013

      As well as some special collections:

      • 17th and 18th Century Burney Collection
      • 17th and 18th Century Nichols Newspapers Collection
        (Sourced from the Bodleian Library, spans the years 1672 to 1737)
      • 19th Century British Library Newspapers
        (Full runs of influential national and regional newspapers)
      • Nineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers
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    • ProQuest Research Library

      Access to a wide range of scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and newspapers on popular academic subjects. The database includes more than 6,600 titles - over 5,000 in full text - from 1971 forward.

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    • ProQuest Research Library: Science & Technology

      This database provides a collection of scientific journals in full text and image formats. Publications include a wide range of topics from both the physical and life science disciplines

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    • RBDigital eMagazines

      Over 200 eMagazine titles for reading online or offline - across all genres. Read popular titles like Empire, Esquire, National Geographic, Marie Claire, North & South, New Zealand Classic Car and Time Magazine, plus many more topical titles. You can download the app or browse RBdigital online.

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    • Road to IELTS - Academic

      Road to IELTS is an online preparation and practice resource for IELTS, the International English Language Testing System. IELTS is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who want to study or work where English is the language of communication.

      The Academic module is for candidates wishing to study at undergraduate or postgraduate levels, and for those seeking professional registration.

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    • Road to IELTS - General

      Road to IELTS is an online preparation and practice resource for IELTS, the International English Language Testing System. IELTS is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who want to study or work where English is the language of communication.

      The General Training module is for candidates wishing to migrate to an English-speaking country (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK), and for those wishing to train or study at below degree level

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    • Rotten Tomatoes

      Aggregates net-wide reviews for film and DVD/Video releases to yield an overall rating

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    • Science in Context (Gale)

      Contextual information on many significant science topics and showcases scientific disciplines that relate to real-world issues.

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    • Science Reference Center

      Science resource suitable for all ages that covers all areas of science, and also includes biographical articles on famous scientists. Full text articles from all major areas of scientific study; biographies; video resources and experiments

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    • Statistics NZ

      Browse New Zealand statistics by topic - a number of tools available

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    • Story Box Library

      The best place for children to watch and listen to celebrated stories read aloud by Australian and New Zealand storytellers. Intended as a complementary form of delivering the experience of being read aloud to, Story Box Library provides a growing number of titles suitable for preschool and primary aged children

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    • Studylink

      For application forms and information on Student Allowances, Student Loans and the Unemployment Benefit Student Hardship

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    • Te Aka - Māori Dictionary Project

      Search the Maori dictionary with the online version of Te Aka Maori-English, English-Maori Dictionary and Index. A comprehensive, online bilingual dictionary that includes encyclopaedic entries, idioms and grammatical explanations.

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    • Te Ao Hou

      A magazine published by the Department of Māori Affairs between 1951 and 1976 which aimed to "provide interesting and informative reading for Māori homes". Its strength is in its treatment of 'social' conditions and issues of the day

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    • Te Ara: the Encyclopedia of New Zealand

      In Māori, Te Ara means 'the pathway'. Through interlinking text and image trails, the Encyclopedia takes you on a journey of discovery. The site also includes New Zealand's last official encyclopedia from 1966. It is published here in full, with all the original drawings, maps and photographs

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    • Te Puna Search

      The National Library of New Zealand's New Zealand Union Catalogue - detailing the holdings of all New Zealand libraries across the country. 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.

      If you wish to borrow an item from another NZ library, please read the Interloans information.

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    • Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori

      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.

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    • The Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War

      Published by the 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

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    • The Official New Zealand Road Code

      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.

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    • The Times Digital Archive, 1785-2013 (Gale)

      First published in 1785, The Times of London is widely considered to be the world's 'newspaper of record'. The Times Digital Archive allows users to search over 200 years of this invaluable historical source.

      Note: Due to industrial action, The Times was not printed between the 1st of December 1978 and the 12th of November 1979.

      Also searchable with many other historical newspapers through Gale Primary Sources.

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    • Trove

      From the National Library of Australia, Trove provides access to over 20 million pages from over 1000 Australian newspapers from each state and territory and from the earliest published newspaper in 1803, to the mid-20th century.

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    • TumbleBook Library

      TumbleBook Library for children offers picture books, chapter books, non-fiction books, educational videos and games. The picture books 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!

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    • Vogue Archive

      Contains the entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition) from 1892 to the present day, reproduced in high-resolution color page images

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    • Waitangi Tribunal Reports

      This site includes the published reports of the Waitangi Tribunal as well as information about the Tribunal and its duties

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    • Wellington Recollect

      Interested in our city's history? Wellington City Recollect draws upon the library's collections of photographs, postcards, vintage pamphlets, theatre programmes and more. Discover Wellington through time.

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    • Work and Income NZ Find a Job

      Find current vacancies using the Find a Job online search. WINZ can help you with employment and self-employment and can also provide support or financial assistance

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    • World History In Context (Gale)

      This database draws on themes and trends from the US history curriculum for the 20th Century, and integrates reference sources from more than 100 academic journals, and maps and images, along with microfilm collections

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    • WorldCat

      Search the collections of more than 10,000 libraries in New Zealand and around the world.

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