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Sometimes you just need a little help to find that extra bit of information. Perhaps you need to check a product review or maybe you are a keen gardener eager to read more about plants? You might be a genealogist, maritime historian, researcher, or just curious, wanting to learn more about the ships that interest you. 

We've highlighted some eResources that might help find the answer you have been looking for. They are available online to South Australians with a State Library membership.


Well-researched and objective reviews of everyday products and services. This resource provides online access to issues of Choice magazine from 2015 to the current issue. 

Handy tip: to use the Search function, click on the current issue of the magazine and then use the menu items at the top right of the screen.

Search Choice magazine

Ship index

This index will help you learn more about the ships that interest you. It contains more than 2 million ship names and the resources that mention them, including books, magazines, primary sources and online resources. The Ship Index includes references to both famous and little-known vessels and should be especially useful for genealogists and maritime historians. Note that this eResource points to where the information about a ship is held, not the information itself.

Search Ship Index

Biodiversity Heritage Library

We all know that gardeners enjoy reading about plants when not out in the garden itself. Here you can find free access to a world-wide digital library of biodiversity and natural history literature and archives. The information ranges from the 15th to the 21st centuries and includes books, journals, seed and garden catalogues and images. Australian content can be found by using the Collections tab or by keyword searching. This is a freely available online eResource that the State Library has catalogued as a reference for our customers.

Search Biodiversity Heritage Library

How to access eresources

To use these resources and more wherever you are in South Australia, register for membership with the State Library.

The State Library is here to help, contact us by phone, email or visit us!

Image: Giant water lilies flowering in the glass house, Victoria Regia House, 1912. SLSA B 45673/9