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

Featured Resources

 

Zinio Magazines provides access to over 80+ popular Australian and international digital magazines for you to read online or download to your mobile device via the Zinio for libraries app. To get started create a new account using your library card number and email address.

+ Art, music, film, culture and hobbies

  • Beamafilm is Australia’s premium movie streaming channel for true stories and independent voices. Beamafilm is a collection of over 300 award-winning documentaries, independent features and festival favourites. Guaranteed to delight, inspire and entertain you!
     
  • Carter's Price Guide to Antiques is Australasia's leading source of comparative prices for antiques, art and collectables. If you fancy yourself as a collector or have collectables that you would love to know the value of access this site with your library card barcode.
     
  • Freegal Music Download free (and legal) music and videos from a variety of artists and genres from the Sony catalogue, which includes many of today's most popular musicians. You can download 5 songs per week, which are yours to keep!
     
  • Hobbies and Crafts Reference Centre Patterns, information, articles, instructions and more. Crafts from crochet to scrapbooking and hobbies from games to kayaking.

+ Books, authors and reviews

  • Australian Book Review is one of Australia's leading cultural magazines. Created in 1961, it publishes reviews, essays, commentaries and new creative writing. For use in the Library only.
     
  • Books in Print is the world's largest online bibliographic database. Books In Print contains over 20 million global titles (in print, out of print, and forthcoming), including books, ebooks, audio books, and multimedia. For use in the library only.
     
  • Good Reading Online A favourite of Australian book lovers for years. Browse through current and archived issues of the magazine online. Find your next good read, explore new authors and genres, read independent book reviews or pick up tips for your book club. First time users will need to create a free account.
     
  • Goodreads Discover and share books you love on Goodreads, the world's largest site for readers and book recommendations. Find new and interesting books by browsing personalised recommendations based on books you've read and your favourite genres. See what your friends are reading, list you favourite books, read or write book reviews, explore reading lists, form groups, and keep track of what you want to read. 
     
  • LibraryThing is a cataloguing and social networking site for book lovers. Rate, review and categorise books you have read, get personalised book recommendations and connect with other readers. A great site to find you next favourite read.
     
  • NoveList The secret to finding great books! NoveList is a premiere database for reading recommendations - a comprehensive source of information about books that includes expert recommendations, reviews, discussion guides for book clubs, genre and theme-based book lists, author read-alikes and much more. Search thousands of titles by author, title, series, plot description, or reader age to find your perfect match.
     
  • Who Else Writes Like..? is designed to help anyone who enjoys reading fiction to expand the number of writers they read. It answers the perennial question “I’ve read all the books by my favourite authors, who shall I read next?”
     
  • Who next...? When children ask: “Who can I read next?” or “Who writes like my favourite author?”, the answers are in Who Next…?  Writers of children’s fiction are listed with suggestions of other authors who write in a similar way, together with key books and series titles.

+ Business and legal

  • ABI/Inform Global (ProQuest) provides access to thousands of full-text scholarly journal articles, trade publication, magazines, dissertations, working papers and reports in the field of business, economics and finance. Includes The Wall Street Journal and The Economist.
  • ConnectWeb provides digital editions of: Who's Who Australia, Who's Who Business, Who's Who Australian Women and Margaret Gee's Australian Media Guide. For use in the library only. 
     
  • Lynda.com is an online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. There are over 3600 courses to choose from. Simply log in using your library card number and PIN and then create an account. 
  • Research Starters: Business (EBSCOhost) provides business students with a solid foundation for their research and assignments. Comprehensive topic summaries help students grasp the broad outlines of a subject, understand real-world applications, critically engage with the topics and locate sources for advanced scholarly research.
     
  • The Law Handbook Online is a comprehensive, plain English guide to the law in Victoria. Updated every year by more than 70 legal specialists, this leading guide to the law covers more than 90 common legal topics, includes summaries of areas of law that most affect people in their everyday lives such as fines, family law, wills and tenancy.

+ eBooks and eAudio books

  • Overdrive eBooks provides access to nearly 20,000 fiction and non-fiction eBooks and eAudiobooks for adults, teens and children. Our diverse collection includes novels, well-known classics, travel guides, biographies, cookbooks, study aids, self-help guides and much more. Download via the website or straight from the Overdrive app
  • Bolinda Borrow Box provides access to a great range of quality eBooks and eAudiobooks for adults, teens and children. Download via the website or straight from the BorrowBox app
  • 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 Plus (EBSCOhost) A rich mix of full text Australian, New Zealand and international reference titles, journal and magazine articles. Includes Choice, Choice Computer, Australian Geographic, Money, Newsweek, Popular Science, Quarterly Essay, New Yorker and Time magazines as well as the Australian Financial Review. View the full title list.
  • 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.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica Online This award winning resource for kids, teens and adults is one of the most complete and accurate information sources in the world.
     
  • Proquest Research Library Multidisciplinary resource featuring over 6,400 scholarly journals, trade publications and magazines. More than 150 subject areas such as Arts, Business, Education, Health, History, Law, Literature, Medicine, Nursing, Psychology, Engineering, Technology are covered. Includes BMJ: British Medical Journal, New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, Journal of International Business Studies, American Scientist, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, National Geographic, New Statesman and The Economist. Great resource for researchers and unviersity students. View the full title list.
     
  • Salem Science Complete content of print editions of Encyclopaedia of Environmental Issues and Applied Science.

+ Health and wellness

+ 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.
  • Encyclopedia Britannica Online This award winning resource for kids, teens and adults is one of the most complete and accurate information sources in the world.

+ Language learning

  • Road to IELTS – Academic provides the best possible preparation for the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam, covering the reading, writing, listening and speaking modules.
  • Road to IELTS – General provides the best possible preparation for the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam, covering the reading, writing, listening and speaking modules.

+ Local and family history

  • Ancestry is the world's largest online family history resource. Search more than 11 billion records from all around the world in this Library edition. For use in the library only. Please use Internet Explorer for the best viewing experience.
     
  • Trove: Digitised Newspapers provides access to over 20 million digitised pages from over 1000 Australian newspapers. Newspapers date from The Sydney Gazette in 1803 to The Argus in 1957. Newly digitised articles are added daily. 
     
  • Find my past: Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, UK and United States Cemetery records, probate, military records, electoral rolls and many other records. For use in Library only. 
     
  • The British Newspaper Archive contains news articles, family notices, letters to the editor, obituaries and advertisements from historical newspapers published in the UK. The British Library is working in partnership with Find My Past over the next 10 years to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library's vast collection. For use in Library only. First time users will need to create a free account.

+ Newspapers, journals and magazines

  • ANZ Reference Centre Plus (EBSCOhost) A rich mix of full text Australian, New Zealand and international reference titles, journal and magazine articles. Includes Choice, Choice Computer, Australian Geographic, Money, Newsweek, Popular Science, Quarterly Essay, New Yorker and Time magazines as well as the Australian Financial Review. View the full title list.
     
  • Trove: Digitised Newspapers provides access to over 20 million digitised pages from over 1000 Australian newspapers. Newspapers date from The Sydney Gazette in 1803 to The Argus in 1957. Newly digitised articles are added daily. 
     
  • Good Reading Online A favourite of Australian book lovers for years. Browse through current and archived issues of the magazine online. Find your next good read, explore new authors and genres, read independent book reviews or pick up tips for your book club. First time users will need to create a free account.
     
  • 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 Access a broad range of national and local papers including The Age, Herald Sun, Weekly Times, Sydney Morning Herald, Courier Mail, Advertiser, Mercury, The Australian, and local Leader titles
     
  • Press Reader Read current issues of newspapers and magazines from all over the world in 'true-to-print' format. Get instant access to more than 4000 newspapers and magazines from over 100 countries in 60+ languages. Newspapers include The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Washington Post, New York Post, Los Angeles Times, Le Monde and The Dominion Post.  Magazines include The Australian Woman's Weekly, Cosmopolitan, Motor, Gourmet Traveller, Australian Geographic, Donna Hay, Outdoor, Harper's Bazaar, Women's Weekly Food, Australian House & Garden, Good Health, Money, APC, Techlife, PC & Tech Authority, Elle, Vogue, Empire and many more!
     
  • Proquest Research Library Multidisciplinary resource featuring over 6,400 scholarly journals, trade publications and magazines. Includes American Scientist, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, National Geographic, New Statesman and The Economist. View the full title list.
     
  • The Age: Library Edition is an archive of true-to-print digital copies of The Age newspaper from 2006 to date. This collection contains every article, photograph, table, advertisement, classified and cartoon published in the print edition. For use in Library only.
     
  • Zinio Magazines provides access to over 80+ popular Australian and international digital magazines for you to read online or download to your mobile device via the Zinio for libraries app. To get started create a new account using your library card number and email address.

+ Parents and children

  • Aussie Driver Getting ready to become a new driver in Victoria? Aussie Driver has the resources you need to help you get ready, pass your learner's or driver's licence test and become a fully qualified driver. Includes three practice tests, an exam simulator and this year's official Victoria Driver's manual.
     
  • 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.
     
  • Encyclopedia Britannica Online This award winning resource for kids, teens and adults is one of the most complete and accurate information sources in the world.
     
  • in2Era An online library of books, plus fun and educational activities, for children from kindergarten to primary school.
     
  • NoveList The secret to finding great books! NoveList is a premiere database for reading recommendations - a comprehensive source of information about books that includes expert recommendations, reviews, book discussion guides, author read-alikes, book lists and much more. Set your search for ages 0-8, ages 9-12 or Teen to narrow your search.
     
  • PK Magazine is an Australian interactive magazine aimed at primary school children aged 8-12 years. PK publishes children's creative work whether that be writing, video, music, or art - in any shape or form. A fun and interactive site.
     
  • SpineOut Magazine is an Australian interactive magazine aimed at young adults aged 12-18 years to help them express themselves creatively through their words, art, film or music. SpineOut is written by them, for them.
     
  • Story Box Library features engaging Australian stories read by some of Australia's finest storytellers. Cheeky, charming and a whole lot of fun! Recommended for children aged 3-12 years.
     
  • Storyline Online features videos of beloved actors, including Kevin Costner, Betty White, Annette Bening, Ed O'Neill, Elijah Wood, Christian Slater, Rita Moreno and more, reading children's books alongside creatively produced illustrations. Recommended for children aged 3-12 years.
     
  • Who next...? A guide to children’s authors when children ask: “Who can I read next?” or “Who writes like my favourite author?”, the answers are in Who Next…?  Writers of children’s fiction are listed with suggestions of other authors who write in a similar way, together with key books and series titles.