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Study resources for students

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Our learning and research librarians have compiled a selection of eResources for students to help with their research. 

What's inside

South Australian students can access research sources for personal use and study

  • onsite at the Library
  • with a Library membership outside of the Library at home or on the go.

The State Library provides home access to eResources including authoritative databases that include journals, magazines, current and historical newspapers on a wide range of subjects including history, science, business, medical and technology. Home access means that registered library users can access these eResources from home. We also have a range of eBooks covering subjects in social sciences, humanities and information technologies.

All South Australian residents are eligible to join the State Library and receive a library card to gain home access to eResources. For non-South Australian residents try searching on Trove.

Join the State Library online or when you visit us, remember to bring along some identification. You can choose to collect your card from the State Library or have it posted to you which can take up to 10 days.

How to search and use databases

The following tutorials will help you use and search specific eResources and databases more effectively:

Google Advanced Search
Google Advanced Search provides a menu based mechanism to conduct more powerful and effective searches. The menu includes Boolean searches as well as filters to narrow searches by country when a site was last updated, a sector domain or a specific site, where the term appears, and file type.

Google Scholar
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many subjects and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other websites.

Europeana is a portal that acts as an interface to millions of books, paintings, films, museum objects and archival records that have been digitised throughout Europe and contributed by over 2,000 institutions across Europe.

World Digital Library
The World Digital Library provides significant primary materials from cultures around the world, including manuscripts, maps, rare books, musical scores, recordings, films, prints, photographs, architectural drawings, and other significant cultural materials

National Archives of Australia
The National Archives of Australia’s collection covers public records pertaining to Federation, Governors Generals, Prime Ministers, Cabinet and Ministers and most of the activities with which the government has been involved.

Australian War Memorial
The Australian War Memorial is Australia’s national memorial to the members of its armed forces and supporting organisations who have died or participated in wars involving the Commonwealth of Australia. Available records include World War I military personnel, including films, photographs, private archives, art, published works, official records and audio collections.

Internet Archive
A non-profit library providing access to collections of digitised materials, including websites, software, music, movies and public domain books. The Wayback Machine allows archived web pages to be searched and accessed.