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Databases

Computers and Science

Inventions and Discoveries home access | Inventions and Discoveries library access

Inventions and Discoveries is an exploration of the transformative impact of the inventions and discoveries that continue to shape our world today, including an examination of advances in agriculture, engineering, communications, economics, manufacturing, the arts, astronomy, transportation, warfare, medicine, mathematics, and everyday items.

Learn Computing Online home access | Learn Computing Online library access

Simple online training solutions for teaching you how to use popular computer applications. Current training includes – Introduction to Computer Technology, Using and searching the Internet, Microsoft Office 2007, Microsoft Windows Vista, Setting up email accounts.

Science Online

Presents a broad range of scientific disciplines through extensive definitions, essays, diagrams, biographies and experiments.

Science Reference Centre

Provides access to a multitude of full text science oriented content. Contains full text content from 640 science encyclopaedias, reference books and periodicals. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, scientists, technology and wildlife.

Encyclopaedias and Reference

Australian Building Code online

Building Code of Australia (BCA), Volume One and Two; and the Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA), as Volume Three.

See Library staff for login details.

Ebooks

A selection of reference books and study guides. Topics include literature, science, religion, ancient history and mathematics. Each title is searchable. You need your library card number to access from home.

Encyclopaedia Britannica home access | Encyclopaedia Britannica library access

Search Britannica’s multimedia content and expand your research to include journal articles and recommended websites all in one search. Britannica Junior for years 3 – 5, Britannica Student for Years 5 – 9 and Encyclopaedia Britannica for Year 10 to adults.

Macquarie Dictionary home access | Macquarie Dictionary library access

Australia’s premier reference publisher now offers a variety of quality resources online. Services includes the Macquarie Dictionary Online, the Macquarie Thesaurus Online, MacquarieNet, the Macquarie Spellchecker and the Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia. Updated annually, Macquarie is the most up-to-date Australian dictionary and thesaurus available.

MasterFILE Premier

Master FILE Premier is designed specifically for public libraries and provides full text for nearly 1,700 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975. Covering virtually every subject area of general interest, it also contains full text for nearly 500 reference books and over 164,400 primary source documents, as well as an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps & flags.

World Book Online home access | World Book Online library access

The World Book Online Reference Centre is a premier online general encyclopedia and reference resource. All World Book databases can be accessed outside the library using your library ID number.

World Book Kids home access | World Book Kids library access

World Book Kids is designed especially for younger users, English-language learners, and reluctant readers.

Family History

Ancestry Library Edition – library access only

A genealogy research tool containing more than 1.5 billion names in over 4000 databases and includes records from the United States Census, military records, court, land and probate records, church records, directories, passenger lists and more.

Findmypast.com.au – library access only

Search 50 million records for Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands and Papua New Guinea. Find your past using our family history records and many more for local and social history.

Findmypast.co.uk – library access only

Family history and genealogy website. An ever-growing collection of over 650 million family history records including records from each of the Victorian (1841-1901) censuses, access to the 1911 census on 1911census.co.uk, the Parish Records Collection and an extensive military records collection.

General Interest

Community Information Directory

A community information resource, listing services and organisations within the Holroyd area.

Consumer Health Complete

Contains full text articles covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. Topics include aging, cancer, diabetes, drugs and alcohol, fitness, nutrition and dietetics, children’s health and men and women’s health.

Early World of Learning home access | Early World of Learning library access

Early World of Learning is the premier online resource for preschoolers and children in the early primary. Developed with experts on early childhood education, the Early World of Learning offers rich resources designed for easy integration into the classroom curriculum.

Living Green home access | Living Green library access

Explores environmental issues and efforts to reduce human impact on the environment.

Oxford Art Online

The Grove Dictionary of Art Online provides access to the entire text of The Dictionary of Art with constant additions of new material and updates to the text plus extensive image links.

Standards Australia Online – library access only

A comprehensive online collection of International and Australian standards.

Help with Homework and Assignments

Academic Search Elite

Academic Search Elite is a scholarly collection offering full-text coverage of information in many areas of academic study. With full text for more than 2,100 journals, 1700 of which are peer-reviewed, this database will become the first

Dramatic Learning home access | Dramatic Learning library access

Dramatic Learning expands proven approaches to building reading fluency and content comprehension. By turning texts into plays, skits, and monologues, providing adaptations of classic works and showing how to apply these materials in the classroom. Dramatic Learning can help students become more fluent readers, understand core concepts and retain topical information.

Australia/New Zealand Points of View

Full-text database designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. The database contains 100 topics, each with an overview (objective background/description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument).

Your Tutor

Yourtutor allows students to connect with qualified tutors online using the Library’s public computers or at home using their own computer. Get help with homework, assignments, projects and exam revision. You will need to enter your Library membership number for access. You can access Your Tutor between 4.00pm and 8.00pm on school days only.

Literature and History

Ancient and Medieval History Online

Explores the pre-modern world with in-depth focus on Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa, Europe, the Americas and Asia. It contains full text articles from leading reference works as well as primary sources, maps, images and charts.

Blooms Literary Reference Online

Examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature.

Early Peoples home access | Early Peoples library access

Explore the history of such ancient cultures as the Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, Australian Aborigines, Maori and Chinese in this expansive online reference collection.

History & Reference Library home access | History & Reference Library library access

History and Reference Library contains major titles, including original source documents, adapted for online use and extensive searching capability.

Literary Reference Centre

Provides full text information on authors and their works from a combination of sources including books, encyclopaedias and journals. Includes plot summaries, critical essays, reviews, poems and author biographies. Search by author, title, subject or literary genre, or browse publications and most read authors.

Modern World History Online

Covers the people, places and events in the broad expanse of history – from mid – 15th century to the present.

NoveList Plus

Use NoveList to look for books by author, title, series, plot description or level of readership (children, young adults, adults etc). Use the Read-Alikes feature to find other authors who write like your favourite author. Includes plot summaries, genre and theme based lists, discussion guides for book clubs, book talks and details of awards.

World History in Context

A comprehensive online collection that uses an intuitive, Web-like interface to provide multicultural, global and research-based dynamic content that supports today’s history research requirements.

News and Current Affairs

ANZ Reference Centre

A database of Australian and international content with articles in health, current affairs, science, social science, business and literature.

Australian Public Affairs Full Text (APAFT)

An online collection of authoritative Australasian journals, monographs, research papers and other reference materials, many in full text.

Proquest ANZ Newstand

Combines local, national, business, sport, political, technology and entertainment news from key providers including News Ltd, Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) and Fairfax. Includes access to Sydney Morning Herald, Daily Telegraph, Parramatta Advertiser & Parramatta Sun.

Global Issues in Context

Uses a wealth of resources to explain the historical and contemporary conditions necessary to understand global issues, conflicts and events.

Languages and IELTS

Mango Languages

Language learning program. The Library Edition includes a variety of resources to help you learn practical conversational skills for languages from around the world.

Road to IELTS – General Training Module

Intensive work on vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and speaking helping to develop the skills to the level needed to succeed in the IELTS exam.

Road to IELTS – Academic Module

Intensive work on vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and speaking helping to develop the skills to the level needed to succeed in the IELTS exam.

Issues in English

Tailored for adult learners aged 12 and over. This program is based around 8 topical issues of high interest to adults. This is a highly integrated program where the vocabulary and concepts are used in many different ways and contexts. Students will learn communication skills for daily life.