Reference resources

Search articles and information on a wide range of subjects. Great for research and study.

General reference

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World Book logo World Book Online

An authoritative and well-designed online encyclopedia that incorporates the World Book and Student Discovery Encyclopedias.

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Australian & New Zealand Reference Centre logo Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre Plus

The largest collection of articles from Australian and NZ newspapers and magazines, periodicals, newswires and reference books including the Gold Coast Bulletin.

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Masterfile Premier logo MasterFile Premier

A wealth of information on a wide range of topics, including business, health, education, general science, foreign affairs and multicultural issues.

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History & lifestyle

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Ancestry Library logo Ancestry library edition

Trace your ancestors using billions of records. Usually accessible in libraries on our public access PCs. Currently also available at home.

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Fold3 logo Fold3 library edition

Discover your family's military past with a huge range of Commonwealth and United States military records. Includes stories, photos and personal documents.

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MyHeritage logo MyHeritage library edition

One of the largest, most internationally-diverse genealogy databases. Includes billions of documents from more than 48 countries.

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Find my past logo Find my past

Search and view millions of records from Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, Papua New Guinea and Pacific Islands. Access only on public access PCs in our libraries.

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Ryerson Index logo Ryerson Index

Index of death notices appearing in Australian newspapers. From the Sydney Gazette of 1803 up to newspaper publications published within the last week.

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Vogue Archive logo The Vogue Archive

A complete, searchable archive of American Vogue. From the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution colour page images.

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ProQuest logo Proquest art, design and architecture

Comprehensive information on art, design and architecture. Includes visual and applied art, modern and contemporary art, design, craft and art history. From 1973 to present.

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History Pin logo Gold Coast Historypin

Explore the city as it was in the past with our Gold Coast Libraries Historypin channel. Browse historical images and stories, including on our map.

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Science & nature

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National Geographic logo National Geographic Virtual Library

View the complete archive of the National Geographic Magazine, with every page of every issue from 1888 to the current edition.

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ProQuest SciTech Collection logo SciTech Premium Collection

Topics include physics, engineering, astronomy, biology, earth science and chemistry. Whatever you're researching, be guided to the information you need.

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Gale Business logo GREENR

GREENR features a wealth of research on sustainability and the environment including topics from global warming to economic development.

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Gold Coast Flora and Fauna logo Gold Coast Flora and Fauna

Our searchable site for all plant and animal species known to occur on the Gold Coast, including detailed species information and mapping tools.

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Business & law

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ABI / Inform Complete ABI/Inform Complete

Includes articles on topics such as business conditions, management techniques, management theory and corporate strategies.

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Australian & New Zealand Reference Centre logo Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre Plus

The largest collection of articles from Australian and NZ newspapers, magazines, journals and reference books - titles include the Australian Financial Review, The Age and Fast Company.

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Informit logo Informit

A wide range of information including accounting, commercial law, corporate governance, e-business, economics, human resources and marketing.

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National Construction Code logo National Construction Code

The National Construction Code contains technical requirements for the design, construction and performance of buildings and other structures in Australia.

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Oxford Australian Law Dictionary logo Oxford Australian Law Dictionary

Definitions for Australian legal terms and links to related concepts and areas of law. Offers a comprehensive range of core legal content, written by experts.

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The Queensland Law Handbook logo The Queensland Law Handbook

A comprehensive legal resource, written in plain English, designed to help you deal with your legal problems.

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Library Information Science & Technology Abstracts logo Library Information Science and Technology Abstracts

A useful tool for librarians and students of librarianship. It contains access to the full text of hundreds of journals and monographs in library and information studies, and indexing for hundreds more.

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