Reference & Research
Extensive coverage of the sciences, technology, medicine, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects.
Discover a comprehensive selection of authoritative periodicals and scholarly journals. Disciplines include: Biology, Chemistry, Criminal Justice, Economics, Environmental Science, History, Marketing, Political Science and Psychology.
Ancestry Library Edition
A resource for family history researchers.
Enter names and places where your ancestors might have lived. View images of documents such as census records. Visit the Central Library and Community Libraries.
The link will only work if you use a library computer or a device connected through the library wi-fi.
Australia & New Zealand Reference Centre
Find articles from international newspapers, magazines, and reference books covering current events, business, politics, sports and many other subjects.
Australian Art Sales Digest
Art market information for Australian and New Zealand forthcoming auctions, past auction results from 1969 to the present, market statistics, news and opinion.
The Australian Art Sales Digest is a database of over 650,000 works of art by more than 12,000 artists who are listed as having either lived or worked in Australia or New Zealand and an additional 36,000 other artists, that have had art offered for sale by auction in Australia and New Zealand over the last 30 years. The AASD is an indispensable tool for valuers, art consultants, auctioneers and collectors.
Biography in Context
A great starting point for anybody researching notable figures in history.
Biography In Context offers authoritative reference content alongside magazine and journal articles, primary sources, videos, audio podcasts, and images. Covering a vast array of people from historically significant figures to present-day newsmakers, it’s continuously updated to ensure students have access to the latest information.
Britannica Online/Britannica Student/Britannica Junior
This popular encyclopedia is available for library customers to use online.
Britannica provides timely, relevant and trustworthy information. Choose your level and get started.
Business Insights: Global
Detailed company and industry profiles including SWOT, market share and financial reports.
Business Reference Suite
Includes Business and Industry, Business and Management Practices, and TableBase resources.
Business Reference Suite search interface is useful when searching for broad profiling information about companies or industries. The content from each database is highly complementary. Additionally, searching B&I and TableBase together produces results which include the textual content from B&I supported by the tabular content of TableBase.
Contemporary Women's Issues
Articles on women’s issues including social, environmental, educational, and family concerns with an international focus.
Culinary Arts Collection
Coverage includes thousands of searchable recipes, restaurant reviews, and industry information.
Environmental Studies and Policy Collection
Answers environmentally-related questions covering more than 3.3 million articles from more than 700 journals and reference content.
Find My Past
A family history and genealogy website containing over 550 million family history records.
A constantly updated family history and genealogy website containing over 550 million family history records. Available at the Central Library's second floor.
The link will only work if you use a library computer.
Save time and search across more than one Gale eResource at once.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
Searches reference books included in the Gale Resource Center eResources.
General OneFile is a comprehensive general-interest resource providing periodical and news information perfect for researchers at all levels.
To assist with finding funding for school, polytechnic or travel grants, sports and arts schemes, personal grants and personal development funds. You will need to create an account the first time you 'view this resource'.
Community groups can find funding information from trusts, local government, gaming trusts, government and other sources. You will need to create an account the first time you 'view this resource'
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.
Hospitality, Tourism and Leisure Collection
A great resource for curious travelers and serious researchers.
This special collection allows for focused study of all areas of the hospitality industry, including the cultural aspects of travel and leisure activities, the economic impact of tourism and more. It provides unparalleled coverage of both the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism field.
Index New Zealand
The National Library of New Zealand's searchable database that contains abstracts and descriptions of articles from over 1000 New Zealand periodicals and newspapers.
The National Library of New Zealand's searchable database that contains abstracts and descriptions of articles from about 1000 New Zealand periodicals and newspapers, including some from earlier in the 20th century to the current day.
Literature Resource Center
Information on literary figures from all time periods writing in such genres as fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama, history, journalism, and more.
Literature Resource Center offers up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism, and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. Its materials support interdisciplinary approaches, information literacy, and the development of critical thinking skills.
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.
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.
This finds information from magazines, reference books and newspapers and covers all subjects.
A powerful online reference system. It offers a variety of full text databases and popular databases from leading information providers. The comprehensive databases range from general reference collections to specially designed, subject specific databases for public, academic, medical, corporate and school libraries.
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.
Palmerston North City Council Archives Search
Archives Central is a fully-searchable catalogue of Council Archives, including a growing collection of digitised archives, sourced from participating New Zealand local authorities.
The purpose of Archives Central is to make Council archives more accessible for the community and easier to use.
Click on the logos above to view your chosen council’s homepage and search their listings; or use the search box at the top right of this page to search over the whole site.
Palmerston North Community Archives Search
This database lists the Community Archives and Research Files that are available for research purposes in the Ian Matheson City Archives. The Community Archives are records of local organisations, businesses, individuals and their families, and are generally primary documents. Research files are an amalgamation of resources around frequently requested topics. They may contain references to primary information, as well as notes, newspaper articles and secondary sources of information.
This database provides instant access to 5000 plus newspapers and magazines, from 100 countries in 60 languages on your PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone.
This database provides instant access to 5000 plus newspapers and magazines, from 100 countries in 60 languages on your PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone. As well as current issues, there is an archive dating back 90 days. New features offered with Press Reader are interactive tables of content, foreign language translation (in 17 different languages) social sharing and text-to-voice conversion.
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.
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.
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.
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.