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These resources are a good place to start your information search on most topics, and are particularly useful for undergraduate students.
You may also want to check the resources listed in the Subject Guide for your area.
Books usually provide the most comprehensive information on a subject and can give you a good overview of your topic, essential background information and plenty of explanation.
Search Discover to find Library books, journals, DVDs & other material.
Journal articles provide up-to-date research and information on specific topics. Articles can be found in various types of journals, including scholarly/academic, trade/industry, popular magazines, and newspapers.
If you have a topic you need to find articles on, search one or more of the General Resources article databases.
Database Licence Information
Legal guidelines about how and by whom Library-subscribed article databases may be used.
These general encyclopedias provide short overviews of most topics.
ScienceDirect Reference Works
Search in one or all of these encyclopedias, covering most topics.
Tip: use the search box under Reference Works, rather than at the top of the page.
Oxford Reference Online Premium
Concise entries covering a range of topics including English Dictionaries and Thesauri.
These dictionaries provide short definitions of words.
Oxford English Dictionary
The classic work for words in English. Covers pronunciation, how the word is used in context, and the etymology (origin & history) of each word.
Cambridge Dictionaries Online
Choose from a range of dictionaries published by Cambridge University Press.
The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography
Over 3,000 biographies of New Zealanders who have 'made their mark' on this country. It does not include people who are alive.
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