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Access Video on Demand

Access over 10000 videos on a broad range of subjects. Create your own playlists and folders.

For more than 75 years, Infobase has been a reliable, authoritative resource for supporting the K–12 and academic curriculum, providing flexible options for accessing educational content whether in school, at the library, or at home. Explore video content from producers such as BBC, Cambridge Educational, Films for Humanities & Sciences, and Inside Science.

The core functionality of the site is available while logged in with your library card, but additional features such as My Videos and My Preferences need an account login. Login into Access Video on Demand, then go to create using the drop down menu with My Films along the top of the page.

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Art Films Digital

The video streaming service of Contemporary Arts Media and Artfilms.

Content that can entertain, educate and inform: Artfilms is streaming hundreds of exclusive educational videos from top artists and independent producers with unlimited, simultaneous usage. This Includes documentaries about art, feature films, archival footage, workshop films covering teaching techniques and methods, and portrait films and interviews.

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Bridget Williams Books: New Zealand Sign Language Collection

The online home for Bridget Williams Books reference publishing and accounts of Deaf experience, freshly rendered using rich multimedia and visuals.

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Gale Interactive: Chemistry

Bring science to life and help students visualize key concepts.

Aligned to the scope and sequence of introductory college classes, Gale Interactive: Chemistry engages students and aids comprehension by pairing reference material with manipulatable 3D models.

Please note - This resource may not work as intended on older Internet browsers.

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Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module

Whether you’re researching a disease or health issue, a drug or herb, or you just need some basic health information for yourself or your loved ones, this is the place to start.

Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module offers up-todate reference material as well as full-text magazines, journals, and pamphlets from a wide variety of authoritative medical sources.

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An educational site offering thousands of video courses in computer technology, software, creativity and business skills. A library card is necessary to create an account to track your progress.

Lynda.com is a leading online learning platform that helps anyone learn business, software, technology and creative skills to achieve personal and professional goals. Lynda.com has helped students, leaders, IT and design pros, project managers—anyone in any role—develop software, creative, and business skills. Now part of Linkedin, Lynda.com serves more than 10,000 organisations. With tutorials in five languages, Lynda.com is a global platform for success.

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Manawatū Heritage

Manawatū Heritage is an online repository where you can search, share and download thousands of photographs and other items about the Manawatū region.

Manawatū Heritage is a living heritage tool which encourages active participation from the community by accepting digital uploads and written articles from the public. By creating a log-in, you can upload your own stories and photographs to the repository as well as comment on individual items, share your findings via email and social media, and download low or high resolution copies of out of copyright materials.

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Mango Languages

Learn a language, with more than 40 foreign language courses available (including English).

Mango utilises an engaging interface, and easy, intuitive interactive tools to deliver practical conversational skills and valuable cultural insight for new languages. Lessons include strategically placed memory-building exercises to help users remember what they are learning in addition to critical thinking exercises, which help them to intuitively understand the language and adapt it to similar conversations.

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New Zealand Geographic Magazine

An interactive magazine for New Zealand, celebrating our people, places, wildlife and environment.

An interactive magazine for New Zealand, celebrating our people, places, wildlife and environment.

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Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Need to look at one or both sides of a controversial social issue? This clarifies the facts of each topic as well as the arguments for and against.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context is a premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues. This cross-curricular research tool supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Its informed, differing views present each side of an issue and help students develop information literacy, critical thinking skills, and the confidence to draw their own valid conclusions.

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Public Library Video Online : Premium

Includes documentaries, films, interviews, performances, news programmes and newsreels, field recordings, commercials and raw footage from over 500 leading distributors, producers and filmmakers.

Includes documentaries, films, interviews, performances, news programmes and newsreels, field recordings, commercials and raw footage from over 500 leading distributors, producers and filmmakers. Concentrating on building the best collections we can across the curriculum—in literature; music; women's history; black history; psychological counselling and therapy; social and cultural history; drama, medical, theatre, film, and the performing arts; religion; sociology; and other emerging areas.

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Research in Context

Aimed at intermediate school students to access in-depth content for the areas of literature, history, biographies, science, and social studies.

Research in context is developed primarily for intermediate and high school students. It has an interface that delivers the highly visual design and navigation preferred by younger users combined with the authoritative content and user-focused tool set needed to support middle school assignments and coursework. It is designed to support the developing information and digital literacy skills of the average intermediate school student.

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Story Box Library

Watch your favourite stories read aloud by our best storytellers.

Story Box Library is an educational website created for Australian children to view stories by Australian authors and illustrators, being read aloud by fantastic storytellers. Ever expanding content, with New Zealand material coming, short films about the creative process behind books, and at home activities for each story.

Go to Log In, select Public Library & Tertiary. Make sure Palmerston North City Library is selected and enter your library card number.

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Student Resources in Context

Covers topics in the science, health, history, geography, cultures and literature areas.

Student Resources in Context offers content and presents material in the way most useful for students. This unique database provides for papers, projects, and presentations while reinforcing the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation.

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Animated talking picture books for children. Fiction, Non-fiction and foreign language titles, plus maths and read-alongs.

TumbleBooks are animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love. TumbleBooks are created by taking existing picture books, adding animation, sound, music and narration to produce an electronic picture book which you can read, or have read to you. TBL also includes National Geographic videos and games.

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World Book

A multi-faceted reference tool for children through to tertiary level research

World Book Online is a suite of online research tools that includes encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related websites.

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World History in Context

A resource that helps students understand the world around them, from antiquity to the present.

World History in Context provides an overview of world history covering the most-studied events, periods, cultures, civilizations, religions, conflicts, wars, ideologies, cultural movements, and people.