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Ready to learn a language? Want to brush up on your computer skills? Or maybe you need more info for a school assignment?

Shoalhaven Libraries offers a wide range of FREE electronic resources covering topics such as history, science, languages, computer and internet skills, genealogy, literature, social issues, health and general knowledge.

Most of these databases are available 24/7 and can be accessed here at the library or at home. All you need is an internet connection and your library card. Your default password is your date of birth (eg. 01021980). Please note that our Genealogy databases are available for use in the library only.

The information in our databases is current and authoritative, and perfect for use in assignments and bibliographies.

General Knowledge


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Pressreader is a digital newsstand delivering over 7000 newspapers and magazines from more than 120 countries to your PC, laptop, tablet or mobile phone screen. The news you want, where you want it.
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Australian/New Zealand Reference Centre
Offers Australian and international content with articles in health, current affairs, science, social science, business and literature. It includes articles from Australian newspapers and Australian and international magazines in full-text and contains 35,000 full-text biographies, 10,000 images and 1,000 maps.

Academic Search Premier
A leading scholarly database, this resource provides access to acclaimed full-text journals, magazines, and articles on biology, engineering, chemistry, physics and more.


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 CSU Guide for HSC students
has online links and study resources for all major HSC subjects and courses. Current for 2017 and 2018 HSC students, as well as 2017 Year 11 students.

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Enjoy comedy, horror, classics, dramas, sci fi, documentaries, lessons and so much more with Kanopy video streaming. 30,000 titles to choose from. Watch on any device. Try it today.


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Choice Online Full access to thousands of reports and reviews on products and services that are rigorously tested and rated. Please ask staff to login to Choice Online for you.

Please note: available in the library only.

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National Construction Code
provides access to the current and complete National Construction Code of Australia. 

Please Note: Free registration is required to access the NCC.

Hobbies and Craft Reference Center
Comprehensive full-text content for many of the most popular hobbies, crafts and recreation activities today. This database offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast.

The Computer School
Learn how to use PCs, tablets, smart phones: Apple, Windows, Android: email, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft Office, Skype, blogs and much more. Easy step by step tutorials for absolute beginners and more advanced users.

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EBSCO eBooks
Fiction titles for both adults and juveniles, plus Self-Help, Health and Fitness, Games, Crafts and Hobbies, Medical, Cooking and Religion, Geography, Commerce and much more. All titles are available with unlimited user access, and many are available for download for offline viewing.

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AMES Jobseekers Online
Learn job seeking skills to find work in Australia. Practise writing a résumé and cover letter. Prepare for the interview and making cold calls to employers.

Getting ready to become a new driver in NSW? We know it’s not easy! Get ready for your NSW Learners Test in no time with our simulated practice tests. Choose from 3 free learners practice tests below, or view the official NSW driver’s manual. All our practice tests are free and were designed to imitate the real learners test in every detail possible

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offers information covering all aspects of human impact on the environment. Its collection includes content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and governments. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling and more.

Masterfile Complete

MasterFILE Complete
provides full-text for more than 2,500 general reference publications with information dating as far back as 1975. It covers virtually every subject area of general interest, and also includes reference books, biographies, primary source documents, photos, maps and flags.

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World Book Online
provides access to all encyclopedia articles from the 22-volume print edition plus more articles, with access to maps, images, videos and e-books. The World Book for Kids also provides fun and easy-to-read articles, video clips, games, science projects, interactive tools, animation, maps, pictures and teacher resources.


Free Legal Information
in Plain English for the people of New South Wales. Covers all types of legal situations, with FAQs, pamphlets, information and referrals.


provides free, factual, non-judgemental drug information in Fact Sheets, pamphlets, articles and referrals to agencies for further information and help if needed.
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is an online search engine designed by the National Library of Australia that lets you access content from the National Library, State Libraries and over 1,000 other libraries from all over Australia. At the click of a button you can access a large and unrivalled repository of Australian material including books, newspapers, journals, theses, maps, photos and music.

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State Library of NSW eResources
is available to all Shoalhaven Libraries members. The databases cover a huge range of topics including art, history, law, science, technology and more! All you need to access these databases is your member number.


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Consumer Health Complete
is the single most comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. It covers all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine.


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History Reference Centre
covers the broad expanse of world history featuring thousands of documents, articles, biographies of historical figures, images, videos, and maps.


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is the fast, easy, and most effective way to learn to speak a foreign language! It is an online language learning system that teaches real conversation for practical communication. In no time at all, you'll be able to navigate all sorts of everyday situations - get directions, order a meal, make new friends - the possibilities are endless.

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Learn English from beginner to intermediate level - for work, life and study in Australia.




Good Reading Hub
An Australian resource with ”everything about books” including thousands of book reviews, author profiles, stories on writers’ houses, bookshops, short stories, book trivia and more. Also in the Hub is Spineout, for teens, where they can express their ideas and their creativity in words, art, film or music and PK Mag, a place where primary aged kids can experience the thrill of being published.

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Literary Reference Center Plus
contains full text for thousands of plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, essays of literary criticism, author biographies and literary journals. It also contains book reviews, classic and contemporary poems, short stories, author interviews, classic texts and much more.

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NoveList Plus
is a great resource if you're looking for a good book. This is a database for fiction and non-fiction books with more than 135,000 titles. Users can search for information by author, title or series and locate lists of award-winning books. Need a book discussion guide? NoveList has guides for over 400 book group favourites.

Story Box Library
features engaging online Australian stories read by some of Australia's finest storytellers. Our stories are a little bit cheeky, a little bit charming and a whole lot of fun!


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Science Reference Center
is a comprehensive database that provides easy access to a multitude of full-text science-oriented content. It contains hundreds of science encyclopedias, reference books, periodicals and other sources. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth & space science, environmental science, health & medicine, life science, physics, technology and wildlife.

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HSC Labs
is an online HSC study, revision and exam preparation site, covering preliminary and HSC courses in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and now Business Studies Preliminary course. Sign up for an account, or return to your account.

Social Issues

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Australian/New Zealand Points of View Reference
is a full-text database that provides students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. Topics covered include: cloning, DNA profiling, immigration, Israel, nuclear proliferations, voting, stem cell research and many more. The database also offers guides to debate, developing arguments and writing position papers.


Please note that our Genealogy databases are available for use in the library only. This allows you to make use of our member subscription, giving you greater access to the information available.

is the world's largest family history database where you can browse census records, start a family tree and more. It provides a wide range of unique resources for genealogical and historical research, with access to over 4,000 databases.
Find My Past
is a family history and genealogy website, which currently offers access to a collection of over 50 million historical records covering Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Pacific Islands, the UK, Ireland, United States and Canada.

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