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Looking for information for a school project? Need general information or wanting to cross-reference your material?

Our collection of online encyclopaedias are your one-stop shop for finding the information you need without leaving home.

These resources are free for library members. Most can be used from home, work or anywhere with your library card and PIN.

Art encyclopaedia

An encyclopaedia of art from prehistory to the present day, with articles on various forms of art (painting, sculpture, ceramics and more) and artists biographical information.

Search Oxford Art Online Encyclopaedia

Discovering collection

Suitable for children aged 10-14, this database contains material on science, social studies, history, biography and literature. Articles are graded according to level (basic, intermediate and advanced). A great resource for homework.

Search the Gale Discovering Collection Database

General reference

Selected full-text non-fiction books containing biography, literature, social sciences information.

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Music encyclopaedia

This Encyclopaedia covers everything from classical and opera to blues, jazz and some popular music. It also has good information on composers and musicians.

Search Oxford Music Online Database

Student resources

This database contains material on science, social studies, history, biography and literature. A great resource for secondary school students.

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Te Ara, Encyclopaedia of New Zealand

New Zealand's on-line encyclopaedia. A comprehensive guide to our people, natural environment, history, culture, economy, institutions and society.

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World Book Encyclopaedia Online

Try out the World Book for an A-Z of absolutely everything with information. aimed at all levels - children, students, and adults.

Go to the World Book online Encyclopaedia