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General reference databases and Digital reference books

Oxford Art Online: More than 200,000 articles that span ancient to contemporary art and architecture, and more than 19,000 images of works of art, structures, plans, and artist signatures.

Type the letters LC in front of your Library card number to log in from home.

Go to the Oxford Art Online website

Australian Dictionary of Biography Australia’s pre-eminent dictionary of national biography provides concise and informative descriptions of the lives of significant and representative persons in Australian history.

Go to the Australian Dictionary of Biography web page

Biography in Context: Provides contextual information on the world's most influential people. Search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, gender or keyword.

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Home Improvement Collection: Provides access to titles covering topics including architectural techniques, tool and material selection and zoning requirements. Content meets the needs of hobbyists and professionals.

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National Construction Code: This contains all Performance Requirements for constructing buildings. These are the minimum levels that buildings, building elements, and plumbing and drainage systems must meet. The National Construction Code is free, but users must register.

Go to National Construction Code web page

Business Source Premier: Provides access to full-text business publications, including more than 2200 journals, company profiles, industry and market research reports and Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats analyses.

Go to Business Source Premier website

Regional Business News: Provides coverage of more than 80 regional business publications covering all metropolitan and rural areas within the United States.

Go to Regional Business News website

Lynda: Access free courses to help improve your technical, creative and professional skills. All you need to access this is your library card and your PIN.

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Ebsco Ebooks: This general reference collection of more than 33,000 titles is chosen specifically for public libraries. It features fiction titles for both adults and children, as well as best-selling and highly recommended titles.

Go to Ebsco EBooks website

InfoBase Ebooks: This collection of digital reference books has topics including, history, science and technology, mathematics, health and biographies.

Go to Infobase website

Salem Press EBooks: A collection of reference eBooks on literature, history, science and health. Also available from home. To log in, you must place the letter L in front of your Library Card number.

Go to Salem Press website

Gale Ebooks: This collection of digital books has topics including environment, history, medicine and social science

Go to Gale Ebooks website

Encyclopedia Britannica: The Online Library Edition contains content for adults, students and children. There are journal and magazine articles, editor-chosen and approved websites, a world atlas and country comparisons.

Go to Encyclopedia Britannica website

Britannica Image Quest: A database for students of almost three million images.

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Oxford Reference: This is a collection of reference encyclopedias and eBooks. To access, click on “Log in with your Library Card”, but add the letters LC before the card number. After you have logged in, click on Show Titles in My Subscription to see the Library’s collection of Ebooks from Oxford.

Go to Oxford Reference website

World Book Online: Provides access to the full World Book Encyclopedia as well as World Book Online for Kids. Accessible from home and in the Library.

Go to World Book Online website

Berg Fashion Library: Offers fully cross-searchable access to an expanding range of online information on all aspects of fashion and dress.

Go to Berg Fashion website

Culinary Arts Collection: Provides access to academic journals and magazines on all aspects of cooking and nutrition. There are thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews and industry information.

Go to Culinary Arts website

Gardening, Landscape and Horticulture Collection: Gives access to academic journals and magazines focused on scientific theory and practical aspects of horticulture studies. The database offers biotechnologists, farmers, hobbyists and landscape architects, among others, access to important, relevant content.

Go to Gardening, Landscape and Horticultural website

Hobbies and Craft Resource Centre: Detailed “how-to” instructions and creative ideas.

Go to the Hobbies and Craft Resource Centre

Home improvement: Offers titles covering topics such as architectural techniques, tool and material selection. The content aims to meet the needs of hobbyists and professionals.

Go to the Home Improvement website

Blooms Literature: Explores the most significant figures in literature from ancient times to the present. Examines great writers, important works, memorable characters and influential movements and events in world literature. It also provides strategies for writing essays on the literary figures examined.

Go to the Blooms website

Good Reading: Thousands of book reviews and Australian and International articles, author profiles, short stories and book trivia.

Go to the Good Reading website

Magpies Magazine and The Source: A subject guide to children's literature, poetry and short stories from around the world. There is an emphasis on Australian books. Only available to use in libraries.

Go to the Magpies website

Novelist Plus: Offers information on fiction and nonfiction titles for all ages, read-alikes (similarly themed books) for every title, author, series, thematic book lists and articles. Login with your Library card number.

Go to the Novelist website

Who else writes like?: A reader’s guide to fiction authors. Provides suggestions for authors who write in the same style as your favourite author. Login with your Library card number.

Go to the Who else writes like? website

Who Next…?: A guide to children’s authors is an interactive online tool designed to help parents, teachers and librarians in schools and public libraries to encourage children and young people to read more widely, by suggesting authors they might enjoy. For each of the authors listed, other authors who write in a similar style are suggested. Login with your Library card number.

Go to the Who Next website

World religions: A comprehensive guide to the religions and spiritual traditions of the world. It explores them objectively, from the ceremonies of the first practitioners to the elaborate rituals of today.

Go to the World Religions website