eResources

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Online newspapers, streaming media, art, hobbies, children's and other references and resources.

    + Art, music, film, culture and hobbies

    • Beamafilm collection of over 200+ independent documentaries and feature films streamed straight to you at a time and place you decide (internet connection required, login with your library card).
    • Freegal Music access millions of songs from over 10 000 labels including SONY.

    + Books, authors, reviews and biographies

    • Australian Book Review Australia's oldest and premier literary review publishing reviews, essays, commentaries and creative writing. For use in the Library only.
       
    • Australian Dictionary of Biography is Australia's pre-eminent dictionary of national biography. You will find concise, informative and fascinating descriptions of the lives of significant and representative persons in Australian history.
    • Books in Print The world's largest online bibliographic database. For use in the library only.
       
    • Boroondara Libraries Tumblr Pictures and posts for the love of books.
       
    • Good Reading Online Australian resource with easy-to-read independent book reviews, Australian and international articles, author profiles, stories on writers’ houses, bookshops, short stories, book trivia and more.
       
    • in2Era An online library of books, plus fun and educational activities, for children from kindergarten to primary school.
       
    • NoveList / EBSCO A readers' advisory tool to search for books, authors, reviews and more.
       
    • SpineOut Magazine Express your ideas and thoughts and share your creativity in words, art, film or music. A fun and interactive site.
       
    • Salem Literature A robust online database that includes the complete content of printed reference sets. Information on authors as well as complete history of the graphic novel.
       
    • Who Else Writes Like..? Find new authors and series by matching your favourite author with others who write in a similar style.
       
    • Who next...? Over 700 authors, four ages groups, listing by genre and theme, graphic novels, short stories, and prize winners.

    + Building, planning, business and legal

    • ConnectWeb Digital editions of: Who's Who in Australia series, Margaret Gee's Australian Media Guide, Directory of Australian Associations, National Guide to Government and The Australian Local Government Guide. For use in the library only. Ask librarian for log-in information.
    • Victorian Legislation and Parliamentary Documentation All current legislation, parliamentary documents and all Victorian statutes. Includes Victorian Law: this repository shows all consolidated Principal Victorian Acts and Statutory Rules as in force, at a given point in time.
    • General OneFile / Gale News, magazine and journal articles on a wide range of topics. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily. Includes The Economist magazine.
    • The Law Handbook Online Practical guide to the law in Victoria. Access to the Law Handbook, fact sheets, directories and links to useful resources and organisations.

    + eBooks and eAudio books

    • Overdrive eBooks A collection of fiction and non-fiction eBooks and eAudio (talking books), available to library members.
    • Bolinda Borrow Box Over one thousand eBooks and eAudio (talking books) titles to download. Download the free Borrow Box app on your device and borrow using your library card login.
    • in2Era An online library of books, plus fun and educational activities, for children from kindergarten to primary school.
    • Project Gutenberg Over 39,000 free ebooks: free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online.

    + Articles and information for reference, research and general interest.

    • ANZ Reference Centre / EBSCO A rich mix of full text Australian, New Zealand and international reference titles, journal and magazine articles. Includes the Video Encyclopedia of the 20th Century and Image Quick View Collection. Download free iPhone and Android app.
    • Credo Reference An easy-to-use tool for research projects and homework. Search in hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images and audio files, and nearly 100 videos.
    • Salem Science Complete content of print editions of Encyclopaedia of Environmental Issues and Applied Science.
    • Proquest Research Library Over 4,000 news, magazine and journal articles for research, study and recreation. Many popular magazines. Articles are translatable.

    + Health and wellness

    • Better Health Channel A Victorian Government initiative providing up to date information about health and services.
    • Proquest Research Library Over 4,000 news, magazine and journal articles for research, study and recreation. Many popular magazines. Articles are translatable.
    • Real Time Health Watch hundreds of Australian patient and carer stories online. The personal experiences of patients and carers can provide comfort and support.

    + Homework help

    • Credo Reference An easy-to-use tool for research projects and homework. Search in hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images and audio files, and nearly 100 videos.
    • NoveList / EBSCO A readers' advisory tool to search for books, authors, reviews and more. Set your search for 0–8, 9–12 and teenage groups.

    + Language learning

    • Road to IELTS – Academic Interactive preparation course from the British Council, 12 units, based on IELTS topics – reading, writing, listening and speaking.
    • Road to IELTS – General Iinteractive preparation course from the British Council, 12 units, based on IELTS topics – reading, writing, listening and speaking.

    + Local and family history

    • Ancestry Family history research with this impressive online database. For use in the library only.

    + Newspapers, journals and magazines

    • Australian Newspapers / National Library of Australia Historic Australian newspapers, 1803 to 1954.
       
    • Australian Women's Weekly Issues from 1933–1982, vintage Australian fashion and design, articles and issues of the time.
       
    • General OneFile / Gale News and periodical articles on a wide range of topics. Millions of full-text articles, many with images. Updated daily.Includes Asia Today International, National Geographic, Nature and the Economist.
       
    • Good Reading Online Australian resource with easy-to-read independent book reviews, Australian and international articles, author profiles, stories on writers’ houses, bookshops, short stories, book trivia and more.
       
    • Leader Community ePaper Access Melbourne suburban newspapers published by the Leader Group in true-to-print digital format of current and recent editions.
       
    • Newsbank Newspapers / DA Access to the local Leader newspapers and a broad range of national newspapers.
       
    • Press Display Read current issues of newspapers and magazines from all over the world. Get instant access to over 2000 newspapers and magazines from 100 countries in 60 languages.
       
    • Proquest Research Library More than 4,000 news, magazine and journal articles. Great resource for researchers and university students from one of the broadest, most inclusive general reference databases.
       
    • SpineOut Magazine Express your ideas and thoughts and share your creativity in words, art, film or music. A fun and interactive site.

    + Parents and children

    • Credo Reference An easy-to-use tool for research projects and homework. Search in hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images and audio files, and nearly 100 videos.
    • Hobbies and crafts reference centre Patterns, information, articles, instructions and more. Covering a wide range of crafts from crochet to scrapbooking and hobbies from games to kayaking.
    • in2Era An online library of books, plus fun and educational activities, for children from kindergarten to primary school.
    • NoveList / EBSCO Readers' advisory tool where you can search for books, authors, reviews and more. Set your search for 0–8, 9–12 and teenage groups.
    • PK mag is a place where primary school students can express their ideas and thoughts and share their creativity in words, art, film or music. A fun and interactive site for 8-12 year olds.
    • SpineOut Magazine Express your ideas and thoughts and share your creativity in words, art, film or music. A fun and interactive site.
    • Who next...? Over 700 authors, four ages groups, listing by genre and theme, graphic novels, short stories, prize winners and titles for dyslexic or struggling readers