Your library card gives you access to online databases that cover a huge variety of subjects. For more helpful websites, visit our Homework Help page
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online has more than 73,000 encyclopaedia articles, both short and book-length -- and is a great place to start looking for information for all kinds of projects. It also includes a world atlas, thousands of images and videos, an online dictionary and thesaurus and links to helpful websites. You can choose either 'Kids', 'Teens' or 'Adults' once you log in.
Gale Research in Context
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.
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.
To get started at the site below, enter your library card number into the box on the site labelled "barcode"
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 for Kids
Free eBook and downloadable eAudiobook collection containing thousands of fiction and nonfiction titles for children.
Includes downloadable MP3 fiction and nonfiction eAudiobooks for young adults and children.
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!
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.
Other useful sites
These are sites that don't require a login (freely available online sites), that you may also find useful:
Te Ara: the Encyclopedia of New Zealand
In Māori, Te Ara means 'the pathway'. The Te Ara Encyclopedia will take you on a journey of discovery! Constantly being updated, this site will eventually be a comprehensive guide to New Zealand - its peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy and society.
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 -- and there are some very neat illustrations!