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Christopher Brennan Library: Databases


World Book Web

World Book Online has a great range of resources available fo your research. Please ask your friendly librarian for login details. 

Britannica School  is an excellent encyclopedia resource. 





JSTOR is a digital library of academic journals, books and primary sources. To gain access students must create an account. This database is particularly useful for senior students wanting to access academic journals for authoritative content.





Questia School is an online library and research tool with thousands of eBooks, academic journal articles, magazines, newspapers and encyclopedia entries. Please ask your friendly librarian for logon details.

Search Engines

Google Scholar is a free online search engine that indexes the most peer-reviewed online journals plus scholarly books and non-peer reviewed journal articles. It is a much more reliable search engine than Google for research-based assignments. 

General Research Platforms

Australian Bureau of Statistics is the Australian Government's statistical agency, providing key statistics on economic, environment and social issues. The data provided by the Australian Bureau of Statistics is freely available. Census data from 2011 is also located on this site. The next census is due for completion later in 2016.

The Australian Dictionary of Biography contains concise, informative and fascinating descriptions of the lives of significant and representative persons in Australian history.

Subject Specific Databases




Ancient and Medieval History Online covers World History from Prehistory through to 1500s, including Ancient and Medieval Africa; Ancient Egypt; Ancient Near East; Ancient Greece; Ancient and Medieval Asia; the Americas; Ancient Rome; Medieval Europe; and Islamic World. 




Bloom's Literature examines great writers, important works, memorable characters, and influential movements and events in world literature.

This is a great resource for students when studying authors and texts in-depth. 




Modern World History Online covers world history from the mid-15th century to the present. 



World Religions Online covers African Traditional Religion; Buddhism; Catholicism and Orthodox; Christianity; Confucianism; Daoism; Hinduism; Islam; Judaism; Native American Religions; Protestantism; Shintoism.




Science Online includes topics on Biology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Earth Science; Environmental Science; Forensic Science; Marine Science; Mathematics; Physics; Space and Astronomy; and Weather and Climate. 

New Scientist The Christopher Brennan Library has an online subscription to New Scientist. Ask your friendly librarian for the logon details to gain access. The latest issue (not for loan) and past issues are available in print form in the library. 

Other Libraries

State Library of NSW: eResources Browse the State Library of NSW collection of eResources including journals, databases, eBooks and research guides. Joining the State Library of NSW is very easy and freely available. 

Trove helps you find and use resources relating to Australia. It's more than a search engine. Trove brings together content from libraries, museums, archives and other research organisations and gives you tools to explore and build. Trove is created and maintained by the National Library of Australia.

National Library of Australia: eResources Locate indexes, full-text ejournals, websites and guides available through the NLA on a range of topics. Some access requires membership to the library, which is free and easily accessible. 

The National Archives of Australia collects and preserves Australian Government records that reflects Australian history and identity. This is a suitable resource for History students.