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Research skills

Make the most of your study or research time by exploring the catalogue and using our how-to videos to help you navigate.


Use One Search, our catalogue to find primary and secondary sources: peer-reviewed journal articles, books, magazines, newspapers, music, maps,  ebooks, databases and other items. 

Unsure of how to access databases, become a member or use PressReader? Our detailed video guides will help you with these resources and more.

Collection resources

Digital stories, photos, digitised records and more to help you research and understand different perspectives.


State Library celebrates the culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander people. We collect, preserve and share the documentary heritage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island people across the State. Access videos, photos, databases and more to enhance your research.

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State Library of Queensland houses many collections relating to the experience of Queenslanders during the First World War. Discover videos, soldier portraits, digitised documents and more to enhance your research.


High quality online resources to support learning are available for free to State Library members. Not a member? Join now

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Access educational documentaries and classic films that you won't find on Netflix to support your study.

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Check out our collection of over 200,000 ebooks in all subject areas. You can read ebooks online using an internet browser, download them to a mobile device and print or copy pages.

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Encyclopedia Britannica is a great starting point for any information search. It has comprehensive coverage of topics and three separate sections for kids, teens and adults, with age appropriate information.

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The Macquarie Dictionary database is much more than definitions. It includes etymologies for words, words and phrases from regional Australia, audio pronunciations and the complete record of English as it is used in Australia.


Created by big kids for little kids, Kindergo is a free reading app that empowers children aged 2-7 to read by themselves.

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National Geographic Kids is reputable, authoritative and appropriate content for children aged 6-14. Fun and substantive, National Geographic Kids has age-related resources on science, nature, culture, archaeology and space.

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