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.

Academic Search Premier

A scholarly collection of information covering a range of academic subject fields. With full text for more than 2,100 journals. It is a core tool for all students and researchers wanting quality resources.

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.

Australia / New Zealand Points of View Reference Centre

A range of essays presenting multiple perspectives of a current issue. Provides overview, point, counterpoint, and critical thinking guide.

Australia / New Zealand Reference Centre

Australian and NZ specific magazines, newspapers, newswires and reference books included to create a large collection of regional full text content.

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.

Consumer Health Complete

Covers all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to complimentary, holistic and integrated medicine. This full text database covers topics such as aging, ancer, diabetes, drugs and alcohol, fitness, nutrition and dietetics, children's health, men and women's health, etc..

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 in Macksville Library.


GreenFILE indexes scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports. It focuses on the relationship between human beings and the environment covering topics such as global warming, recycling and alternative fuels.


History Reference center

History Reference Center is an excellent source for both American and world history. Content includes more than 630,900 full-text records from peer-reviewed journals, reference books, periodicals, over 74,600 primary source documents, over 81,300 biographies of historical figures, nearly 2,000 full-text reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books, full text and selective content from 150 leading history periodicals, multimedia content including more than 41,500 images and 80+ hours of video.

Hobbies and Craft Reference Center

This database offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines, including Bead and Button, Creative Knitting, FineScale Modeler, Quilter's World and many more.

Literary Reference Center PLUS

A comprehensive database that provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes.

MasterFile Complete

This database contains full text for nearly 1,700 magazines covering general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more.

NoveList Plus

A fiction database that provides reviews, annotations and much more for over 125,000 fiction titles. It also includes other content of interest to fiction readers, such as Author read-likes, what we’re reading, book discussion guides, book talks and annotated book lists. (If the Nambucca Shire Libraries do not hold a title, please see staff how to access the item).

Science Reference Center

An in-depth, curriculum-oriented science database that provides a one-stop resource for all science-related research needs.


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.