Research and Study

The Library has a range of resources, including e-resources to assist individuals with their personal interest research, and to help students with their studies. You can access these databases from home using your library card number, except and Find My Past.

Gale Books and Authors

Answer the age-old question, 'What do I read next?' Search and match reading interests to books, authors, genres, or topics.

A genealogy research tool which provides access to a wide range of resources. More than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases, including records from the census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more. Access in Macksville Library.

Gale Business: Entrepreneurship 

Learn how to start, finance, or manage your small business. Includes sample business plans, how to guides, articles, and more.

Gale Business: Plan Builder

Grow, plan, and optimize a business/nonprofit. Utilize development tools and a step-by-step process to build a business plan.

Britannica Online

Includes the complete encyclopaedia, a dictionary, thesaurus, student encyclopaedia and the Britannica Book of the Year. An internet directory with more than 300,000 links to selected web sites.

Gale Health and Wellness 

Access full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia, and much more. This comprehensive consumer health resource provides authoritative information on the full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices for researchers of all levels.

eBook Public Library Subscription Collection

With more than 41,000 e-books chosen specifically for public libraries, this general reference collection features titles for both adults and juveniles, as well as best-selling and highly-recommended titles from industry leading publishers. Click here  and follow these instructions to access this resource.

A family history and genealogy website with millions of records covering Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands. Access is  available from home for a limited time, provided you have a current library membership. A log in code will provided once you contact the library. This log in is not to be shared with others, and for privacy reasons, it is recommended you do not start or update your family tree on this account.

Gale In Context: Biography 

Discover the world's most influential people by searching narrative biographies, news, magazine, and multimedia content.


Gale In Context: Environmental Studies

Understand environmental issues that affect people globally through topic overviews, journals, news, and multimedia content.

Gale In Context: Global Issues

Analyze important global issues and events through topic overviews, international viewpoints, news, and multimedia content.

Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints 

Find overviews, news, and opinions on hundreds of today's important social issues.

Gale In Context: Science

Understand context for hundreds of science topics through overviews, journals, news, interactive experiments, and more.

Gale In Context: World History  

Uncover information on hundreds of the most significant people, events, and topics in world history from a variety of sources.

Gale Interactive: Science

Manipulate 3D interactive models to visualize and understand concepts in biology, chemistry, earth, and space science.

Gale Literature Resource Centre


Find up-to-date biographies, overviews, full-text criticisms, audio interviews, and reviews on writers from all eras.

Gale OneFile: News 

Access major newspapers online to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, or other fields. Includes Australian News Limited and Fairfax newspapers

National Geographic Virtual Library


Browse this cross-searchable platform for research insight from journalism's most trusted name in exploration and discovery.

National Geographic Kids

Explore amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space. Use this separate link children’s dedicated computers.


The National Library of Australia’s search tool enables you to search for titles and materials held by public, state, national and university libraries. This database is open access.

CSU Guide for HSC Students

Students sitting the Higher School Certificate this year are benefiting from a new resource-rich website created by the CSU Library, with direction from Mr Paul Grover, lecturer in the CSU School of Education . The CSU Guide for HSC Students offers subject specific learning resources, information and advice that will help students preparing for the HSC.

HSC 2021

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Whether you're just starting out or looking for in-depth resources for your HSC year, there's something here for you. You'll find information and featured content for each of your subjects; help online and onsite; resources you can use at home, and research guides that bring together resources relevant to particular subjects.

For teachers, there are learning activities, resources and workshops for your HSC program.