Search or browse a wide range of encyclopedias, dictionaries and ebooks from home.
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Blackwell Reference Online
Extensive collection of online reference books, encyclopaedias and dictionaries covering the arts, business and management, humanities and social sciences.
Electronic Book Library (EBL)
A collection of non-fiction ebooks, including Australian ebooks, you can read online, or download and read offline for up to seven days. You can also connect to these books from the Library catalogue. (Read more about this resource).
Encyclopaedia Britannica Online
This edition includes access to the full text of this well-known encyclopaedia, as well as magazine and journal articles, websites and multimedia.
Encyclopaedia Britannica Student Edition
Full-text articles from the student edition of this well-known encyclopaedia. Suitable for school assignments.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Full-text articles from encyclopedias and specialised reference sources covering a variety of subject areas.
Macquarie Dictionary Online
English as it is used in Australia, from the colloquial to the technical. Updated with new words as they enter the language. Includes etymologies for some phrases and regionalisms from around Australia, along with a thesaurus.
Oxford English Dictionary
A range of Oxford dictionaries: Australian, American, New Zealand, thesauri and the second edition of the Oxford English Dictionary.
Oxford Reference Online
Extensive collection of online reference books, encyclopaedias and dictionaries covering a vast range of subjects. Includes selected titles from Oxford Digital Reference Shelf, Oxford Reference Literature and Western Civilisation collections.
Safari Books Online - computing
One hundred searchable, full-text electronic books from a variety of publishers. The collection covers many areas of computing and information technology.
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