A-Z eResources

Library databases provide information from journals, newspapers and reference works which is not always available elsewhere online.

Use is limited to library members. You will need to login with your library card, and sometimes with a PIN also. Contact the library 311 8901 if you need a PIN or any help using the databases.

Access Ebsco databses - Using Ebsco databases

Academic search elite

Academic search elite - Full text for over 2,100 scholarly journals, for tertiary level research.

Ancestry Library edition

Ancestry Library edition provides access to millions of records of interest to people wanting to study their heritage. 

This resource can only be accessed within the libraries by using either library wi-fi or library computers.

Click here to go straight to Ancestry.

Australia/ New Zealand Reference Centre

Australia/ New Zealand Reference Centre - Full text magazine, news and reference book content with an emphasis on publications from Australia and New Zealand

Australia/ New Zealand Points of View

Australia/ New Zealand Points of View - Material on controversial social issues presenting arguments from all sides. Ideal for student essays and debate.

Biography Reference Centre

Biography Reference Centre - Almost 500,000 full text biographies, searchable by name, nationality, occupation,dates and more. Suitable for school level.

    Business Source Elite

    Business Source Elite - Full text for over 1,000 business publications and more than 10,000 company profiles from Datamonitor. Updated daily.

    Consumer Health Complete

    Consumer Health Complete - Provides information from reference books and magazines on health and medical matters for the general consumer.

    Early World of learning

    Early World of learning - Designed to develop reading basics with very young children. Optimized for tablets.


    GivMe - Finding possible funding providers for your personal study expenses. To access this free resource a user account must be created with an email and password. These will be the login details for the user.


    GivUs - Find possible funding providers for your community group. To access this free resource a user account must be created with an email and password. These will be the login details for the user.


    GreenFILE - Abstracts and some full text articles from scholarly, government and general interest titles covering all aspects of human impact to the environment.

    Historic Newspaper Collection

    Our library now subscribes to a large collection of historic newspapers from Britain and the United States, from the 18th, 19th and 20thcenturies.

    Gale Primary Resources Search across all the newspapers together.

    Or divide your search:

    Brtish Library NewspapersBritish Library Newspapers

    British Library Newspapers contains full runs of influential national and regional newspapers representing different political and cultural segments of British society.

    Daily Mail Historical ArchiveDaily Mail Historical Archive, 1896-2004

    The Daily Mail  has been at the heart of British journalism since 1896, regularly changing the course of government policy and setting the national debate. As well as providing access to the regular edition of this path-breaking newspaper, the archive also contains the Atlantic Editions, printed on board the transatlantic cruise liners between 1923 and 1931.

    19th Century US NewspapersNineteenth Century U.S. Newspapers

    With digital facsimile images of both full pages and clipped articles for hundreds of 19th century U.S. newspapers and advanced searching capabilities, researchers will be able to research history in ways previously unavailable. For each issue, the newspaper is captured from cover-to-cover, providing access to every article, advertisement and illustration.

    Independent Digital ArchiveThe Independent Digital Archive

    The Independent is a UK daily national newspaper. Since its launch in 1986 it has been one of the most innovative papers available in terms of design and avenues of investigation, while its freedom from party political affiliation and neutral ownership make it unique in British journalism.

    Sunday Times Digital ArchiveThe Sunday Times Digital Archive, 1822-2006

    Since 1822, The Sunday Times has provided thoughtful analysis and commentary on the week's news and society. In more than 800,000 pages, The Sunday Times Digital Archive is a gateway to the greatest crimes, careers and culture of the last 180 years.

    The Telegraph Historical ArchiveThe Telegraph Historical Archive, 1855-2000

    The Daily Telegraph was launched in 1855, and within 10 years was able to claim it had 'the largest circulation in the world'. For more than 150 years it has shaped and recorded the history and democratic values of the United Kingdom. The Sunday Telegraph was launched as a sister paper in 1961, and The Telegraph Historical Archive, 1855-2000 provides users with access to both the daily and Sunday editions.

    The Times Digital ArchiveThe Times Digital Archive

    First published in 1785, The Times of London is widely considered to be the world's 'newspaper of record'. The Times Digital Archive allows users to search over 200 years of this invaluable historical source.

    History Reference Centre

    History Reference Centre - Full text for more than 1,620 reference books and 150 history periodicals, historic document, photos and videos.

    Literary Reference Centre Plus

    Literary Reference Centre Plus - Information on thousands of authors and their works. Plot summaries, literary critcism, biographies and study guides. Ideal for students.


    Lynda.com - Lynda.com provides access to workshops, online resources and content to help you develop skills and grow in your career. For more information and how to download the app, click here. For a guide to using the resource, how to use Lynda.com.

    Masterfile Complete

    Masterfile Complete- full text for more than 2,000 periodicals, newspapers, reference works. Image collection, maps and flags. Updated daily.

    New Zealand Geographic

    New Zealand Geographic - Articles from 1989, plus over 160 hours natural history film documentation.

    Novelist Plus

    Novelist Plus - Readers' advisory resources for adults, young adults and children. Reviews, author information and detailed reading suggestions tailored to your preferences.


    PressReader (Formerly PressDisplay) -

    UPDATE: Unfortunately, Stuff Ltd has removed all ‘off-site’ access to their papers, this includes the Christchurch Press. This means that Stuff Ltd content will no longer be available to customers using PressReader from home, however they can still be read on a computer or mobile device within the library. Click here for more information.

    Read current New Zealand and International newspapers and magazines. Online copies of the print versions from the latest issue to the previous 60 days. Over 7000 titles from 100 countries in 56 languages. To learn how to get the most out of your press reader by personalising it, click HERE.

    Poetry and Short Story Reference Centre

    Poetry and Short Story Reference Centre - Full text of hundreds of thousands poems and short stories, with literary essay.


    RBDigital for Libraries

    RBDigital provides over 80 popular New Zealand and international magazines, which are yours to download and keep. RBDigital now also has a great range of eComics which you can borrow for 30 days at a time.

    To access, log in with your library card and PIN and then create an RBDigital account in order to download.  Once your account has been created, you are able to use the RBDigital app.

    Science Reference Centre

    Science Reference Centre - information about Science, search by category.

    Story Box Library

    Story Box Library - Watch and listen to some of your favourite stories being read by Australian and New Zealand storytellers.
    Log in using your library card number.


    Tumblebooks - Hundreds of children's picture books and chapter books to read online. Listen, read along or, read by yourself. Also includes puzzles and National Geographic video clips.

    Who Else Writes Like

    Who Else Writes Like -  Designed to answer the perennial question "I've read all the books by this author, who else writes like that?"

    World Book Advanced

    World Book Advanced- World Book Encyclopedia plus content tailored to the needs of tertiary-level students.

    World Book Activity Corner

    World Book Activity Corner - Over 5,000 craft activities from the beginner to the expert.

    World Book Discover

    World Book Discover - World Book encyclopedia ideal for hesitant readers or those with English as a second language. Allows students to hear articles read out loud.

    World Book Early World of Learning

    World Book Kids

    World Book Kids - For young children. Simple navigation, easy-to-read articles, thousands of illustrations, games, science projects, and a tool for comparing places. Optimized for tablets.

    World Book Student

    World Book Student - For homework and research needs of school-age users. Includes science projects, biography centre, and research tools.

    World Book Timelines