Wellington City Libraries

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Information relating to history is right at your fingertips through the following databases:

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Gale World History In Context

This database draws on themes and trends from the US history curriculum for the 20th Century, and integrates reference sources from the Gale Group, Macmillan Reference USA and Charles Scribner's Sons, along with full-text articles from more than 100 academic journals, and maps and images. Full-text and facsimile images for over 1,400 primary source documents from microfilm collections are also included in the collection.
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Gale Student Resources In Context

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.
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Oxford Reference Online: History

Oxford Reference Online provides access to works from one of the world's biggest reference publishers into a single cross-searchable resource - history content includes The Oxford Dictionary of Local and Family History, The Oxford Companion to Archaeology, A Dictionary of World History, The Oxford Companion to Australian History, The Oxford Companion to Military History and others.
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Ancestry Library

A research database for genealogists and family history enthusiasts. Contains millions of records accessible in one powerful search. Includes various England & Wales BDMs 1530-2005, Australia Cemetery Index, 1808-2007, UK Census records 1841-1901, European lists and records, and is particularly strong in US and Canadian sources.
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Find My Past

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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ProQuest Research Library

Search for coverage from 1971 onwards on a broad range of subjects including arts, business, children, education, general interest, health, humanities, international, law, military, multicultural, psychology, sciences, social sciences, and women's interests. Features a diversified mix of scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, and newspapers. Nearly 4,000 titles, over 2,800 in full text.
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Te Ara - Dictionary of New Zealand Biography

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 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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The Official History of New Zealand in the Second World War

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.
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Search and discover millions of NZ images, text, video and audio from the digital stores of libraries, museums, archives, communities, and government.
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Niupepa: Maori Newspapers Digital Collection

The Niupepa: Maori 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 Mäori, 27% is bilingual and about 3% is written in English. There were three main types of niupepa published; government sponsored, Mäori initiated, and religious.
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Papers Past

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, including searchable full text of the 'Evening Post' from 1865-1915.
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Times Digital Archive

This database allows you to search and view every page published by The Times [London] from 1785-2010. 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.
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