Research and homework databases

Research and learn

We provide access to premium online research databases and learning resources.

Search for journal articles on a huge range of subjects:

  • access quality health information
  • research your family history
  • find your next good read
  • keep up-to-date in business with Harvard Business Review
  • learn a language with Mango Languages and more.

Our research databases fall into 2 categories – those you can access from home, and those you can access in library.

Unless otherwise noted, the login for home research databases is your membership number without spaces.

More databases

Your City of Sydney Library card can now provide access to a selection of State Library of NSW online research resources.

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Home research databases
ABI/Inform Collection Business journals and newspapers, including full text AFR 2013+, Economist 1981+.
Academic Search Premier Many areas of study are covered in this database of academic journals.
ANZ Newsstream Full-text Australian and international newspapers.
Australia/NZ Points of View Reference Centre A series of essays, overviews and arguments, on a range of topics for students.
Australian/NZ Reference Centre Online magazines and newspapers from Australia and New Zealand.
The Australian Full-text newspaper online from January 1, 2001.
Select News image, then Publications menu option.
Britannica Library Edition Encyclopaedia Britannica online.
Building Code of Australia (NCC) NCC now available free online.
Register at Australian Building Codes Board
Business Book Summaries The top 1,000 business books in the past 20 years are listed with new summaries added continuously. Audio versions are also available.
Business Journals ABI/Inform Global Full-text titles include Time (N.Y. 1992+), Fortune (1992+), and more.
Business Source Complete Full-text journals covering all business disciplines including marketing, management, case studies, SWOT analyses and so on. Harvard Business Review from 1922.
Community information directory Local Information Network for Community Services (LINCS) provides nearest matches to numerous community services in your local area.
(No login or password required)
Consumer Health Complete Health and medical information in plain language.
The Daily Telegraph Full-text newspaper online from January 1, 2001.
Select News image, then Publications menu option.
Dragonsource 龙源电子期刊 Chinese language database with over 2,000 titles (e.g. Zhongguo xin wen zhou kan, Shang jie, Shou hou). 超过2000种期刊(例如:中国新闻周刊、商界、收获等等)。
可选简体字和繁体字,可以全文查索。(输入借书证号码 -无须输入间隔)
Drug Info Free information about drugs, alcohol and the law for the community of New South Wales.
Ebsco Public Library eBook Collection A collection of ebook titles chosen specifically for public libraries, featuring both non-fiction and fiction titles for both adults and children. A wide range of subjects are covered.
Good Reading Magazine Digital magazine and online hub for Australian book lovers. Create your own account to access other features.
Goodreads Gain insightful recommendations based on books you’ve read in the past and titles your friends are enjoying. No member details required.
Greenfile Information about global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and so on.
Harvard Business Review Key business and management journal via Business Source Complete, full-text from 1922.
Heritage buildings database Search the NSW heritage inventory database with listings for more than 20,000 heritage buildings and items on statutory lists in Sydney and NSW.
(No login or password required)
History Reference Centre Full-text history reference database designed for schools and public libraries.
Hobbies and crafts Articles from more than 760 magazines and books about arts and crafts, games and electronics, model building, needlework, outdoors and nature, paper crafts and so on.
Find Legal Answers Free legal information for the community of New South Wales.
Literary Reference Centre Plus Biographies, bibliographies and critical analyses of more than 120,000 authors across every age and literary discipline.
Mango Languages Learn a new language on your PC, smart phone or tablet. Create an account to track your progress. Smart phone and tablet users (step 1) create an account via the website as above then (step 2) download the Mango Languages app from the App Store or Google Play.
MasterFILE Complete Covers many subject areas of general interest including almost 500 full-text references books.
NoveList Plus Search for books by author, title, series, plot description or level of readership. Includes a read-a-likes feature to find authors who write like your favourite author.
Points of View Reference Centre (Australia/NZ) A series of essays, overviews and arguments, on a range of topics for students via Ebsco.
ProQuest ANZ Newsstream Full-text Australian and international newspapers.
Proquest Research Library Multi-subject journals database covering a broad range of subject areas.
Sands Sydney Directory Sands Sydney Directory was published yearly from 1859 to 1932, listing householder and business names. City of Sydney Archives provides searchable access to the full set of directories.
Science Reference Centre Thousands of science topics, experiments, biographies and images.
SpineOut An exciting online magazine for Young Adults. It’s a special place for Young Adults to express their ideas and thoughts and to share their creativity in words, art, film or music.
Statistics (City of Sydney) Demographic and economic statistics for the City of Sydney local government area.
(No login or password required)
The Sydney Morning Herald (1830-1989) Free archive search engine includes photographs, obituaries and classifieds. Not all text is indexed.
(No login or password required)
The Sydney Morning Herald (1842-1954) The National Library's free archive of scanned Australian newspapers, including The Sydney Morning Herald.
(No login or password required)
The Sydney Morning Herald (1996+) Text only archive. No photographs, obituaries or classifieds.
Trove Australia Combined catalogue of Australian libraries.
(No login or password required)
In-library research databases
Ancestry Library Edition Family history records and research service.
See staff for password.
Books in Print Global Edition Search for just about any book with customised search engines.
See staff for password.
Choice Online Investigates and reports on consumer issues in Australia.
See staff for password.
Standards Australia International and Australian standards information.
See staff for password.
The Sydney Morning Herald (1955-1995) Archive search engine includes photographs and classifieds.
No password required.
The Sydney Morning Herald (from 2006) Archive search engine includes photographs, obituaries and classifieds.
See staff for password.

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Last updated: Wednesday, 14 November 2018