Encyclopedias and Research

Free online subscription databases and resources on a variety of topics for library members to access and search.

These resources include the superb Encyclopaedia Britannica, a series of useful EBSCOHOST databases, Find Legal Answers, Drug Info @ your library, Cancer Council NSW.

Encyclopaedia Britannica

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Award-Winning Resource That Everyone Can Use

Developed specifically for libraries, the new Britannica Library provides access to three sites in one, with age appropriate material from the child-friendly collection through to the adult general reference collection.

Now students of all ages will find it easy to conduct research, complete homework assignments and work on special projects. Visit Britannica now to discover more.

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Research Databases

EBSCO is the leading provider of research databases, e-journals, ebooks and discovery service for academic libraries, public libraries, corporations, schools, government and medical institutions. A collection of great resources to help with homework, studies or research.

Use the search all function to search multiple EBSCO databases at once or select an individual database from the list below.

Academic Search Premier

Academic Search Premier

Academic Search Premier contains full-text, academic journal articles covering: biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, religion and philosophy, science and technology, veterinary science and many more.

Australian New Zealand Points of View Reference Centre

Australia New Zealand Points of View Reference Centre

Australia / New Zealand Pints of View Reference Centre contains a series of essays presenting multiple sides of current issues, helping students form opinions, write essays, and debate points of view.

Australian New Zealand Reference Centre

Australian New Zealand Reference Centre

Australia New Zealand Reference Centre has thousands of full-text Australian and New Zealand magazines, newspapers, newswires, reference books and biographies. Accompanied by a vast multimedia collection of photos, maps, flags and videos.

Green File


Green File has a collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles about the human impact on the environment.

Master File Complete

MasterFILE Complete

Master File has full-text articles from 2000 popular magazines from around the world.

Science Reference Center

Science Reference Center

Explore Science Reference Center covers biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, technology and wildlife.

History Reference Center

History Reference Center

History Reference Center is the world’s most extensive full-text history reference database designed for secondary schools, public libraries, junior/community colleges and undergraduate research.

Literature Reference Center Plus

Literature Reference Center Plus

Literature Reference Center Plus has information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes.

Novelist Plus

Novelist Plus

NoveList Plus is created especially for people who love books, and is the premier online database for reading recommendations. Find reading suggestions based on age group, authors or titles, genres and styles.

EBSCO eBooks

eBook Public Library Subscription Collection

The eBook Public Library Subscription Collection offers full text titles with unlimited access designed specifically for public libraries. Featuring fiction and nonfiction titles for adults and juveniles as well as containing a wide range of subjects and topics to meet patron’s research and recreational needs.

Hobbies and Craft Reference Center

Hobbies and Craft Reference Center

Hobbies and Craft Reference Center has comprehensive full-text content for many of the most popular hobbies, crafts and recreation activities today. This database offers detailed “how-to” instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast.

Consumer Health Complete

Consumer Health Complete

Consumer Health Complete has full-text content from journals, magazines, books, pamphlets, images, and videos on health related topics.

More Resources

More great resources to help with research, general information and learning.


State Library NSW eResources

The NSW State Library’s eResources include databases and websites that give access to a range of materials such as journals, magazines, newspapers, ebooks, audiobooks, dictionaries, multilingual material and tutorials for learning a language, online films, images. To access you can register and use your WRL member card for free.

Find Legal Answers

Find Legal Answers

Find Legal Answers is a free legal information service for the community in New South Wales. This service is available online and in public libraries across the state. The find Legal Answers website has been developed by staff of the Legal Information Access Centre (LIAC), State Library of NSW. It provides access to useful, current and easy to understand information about the law in NSW.

Drug Info

DrugInfo @ your library

Drug Info @ your library provides up to date information about alcohol and drugs on this website and through local public libraries in New South Wales. Drug Info @ your library is a joint initiative of NSW Health and the State Library of NSW.

Your Room

Your Room

Your Room is place to get facts about alcohol and other drugs. ​​​​​Learn more about some of the most commonly used drugs affecting Australians right now. ​

Cancer Council

Cancer Council NSW

View and download Cancer Council NSW Understanding Cancer publications. Understanding Cancer is a series of more than 50 resources for people with cancer, their families and friends. The series includes easy-to-read information about specific types of cancer, treatments, and emotional and practical issues.