An alphabetical listing of our online resources. They are authoritative and useful if doing research, for example, into family history, health or academic studies. Most are available by using your library card and PIN/Password (those marked with an * don’t require your library card and PIN).
Academic Search Elite
Full text articles covering most academic disciplines, dating as far back as 1985.
Trace your family history across billions of records, including census, vital, military and immigration records from the United Kingdom, Ireland, United States, Europe, Australia and New Zealand (Access normally available within the library only. Temporary access from home has been provided by Ancestry for a limited time. You will need your library card and PIN).
Australia/New Zealand Points of View Reference Centre
Range of perspectives on different issues relevant to New Zealand and Australia.
Archaeological Reports Digital Library
Heritage New Zealand holds an extensive collection of unpublished archaeological reports resulting from site surveys, excavations, research programmes and archaeological authorities
Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre
Information from magazines, reference books and newspapers focussing on New Zealand and Australian content.
Biography Reference Centre
Collection of full text biographies on well-known personalities and thousands of unique narrative biographies.
An online and interactive version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, with levels of content suitable for children, teens and adults.
British Newspaper Archive
Access millions of digitalised historic newspapers from the British Library. Includes news articles, family notices, letters, obituaries and advertisements (Access available only within the library).
Find Acceptable Solutions, Verification Methods, updates and technical guidance by Building Code clause. Provided by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Building System Performance Branch.
(See also: Standards and the New Zealand Building code under S)
Business Source Elite
Full-text coverage of scholarly and general business, management and economics journals. Covers topics such as accounting, banking, finance, international business and marketing.
Careers New Zealand*
Comprehensive resource with information on planning your career, study options, job hunting tips and sites, resources on preparing a CV and preparing for an interview.
Evidence-based healthcare databases that can help clinicians and consumers make decisions about appropriate and effective health care.
Community Law Manual Online*
Comprehensive and accessible guide to New Zealand law. The manual deals with many areas of community and personal life and provides answers and solutions to common legal questions regarding tenancy law, family law and enduring powers of attorney.
Consumer Health Complete
Provides health and medical information from a range of medical encyclopaedias, popular reference books and magazine articles.
Searchable resource for New Zealand aerial photos, posters, newspapers, artwork, research papers and more from the digital stores of libraries, museums, archives, communities, and government.
Find My Past
Search through billions of family history records from across the globe, including birth, marriage and death records, census records, military records, historical newspapers and lots more. (Access available only within the library)
Allows searching across a number of New Zealand libraries’ and institutions’ indexes to New Zealand newspapers and journals.
Health Care Services Standards
The Ministry of Health has sponsored these health and disability and fertility services standards to be available to view online at no charge. Hospitals, rest homes, and some providers of residential disability care need to meet the health and disability services standards. Providers of fertility services are required to meet the fertility services standard.
New Zealand consumer health information resource, covering a wide range of health topics, and details on support and services available.
History Reference Centre
Comprehensive resource for researchers, students and those interested in world history, including content from New Zealand, Australian and Pacific publications.
Index New Zealand*
Access to abstracts and descriptions of articles from a range of New Zealand journals and newspapers since the 1950s.
Law Commission Publications
The Law Commission publishes many different publications. Each type, such as reports, issues papers, and ministerial briefings, has its own series.
The Social Justice Module has a range of information about employment cases, care of children and how to find a lawyer.
Literary Reference Centre Plus
Access to full text articles on authors and their works, across literary disciplines and timeframes. Includes biographies, critical essays and more from a range of periods and genres.
Local newspaper index*
Learn how to easily access local newspaper articles.
Grow your professional skill set with online courses created by experts as well as access to exercises and relevant work samples.
Māori Land Court Minute Books Index
(MLCMBI) provides quick and easy access to the location of over 1100 hand written minute book records which were made between 1865 and 1910, from the Taitokerau, Waikato-Maniapoto, Tairawhiti, Waiariki, Aotea, Takitimu, and Waipounamu Māori Land Court Districts. The MLCMBI database was created by the University of Auckland Library. Ngā Wāhi Rangahau / Research Collections has bound photocopies of most of the Tauranga minute books, but does not have it on microfilm. The link above takes you to the Knowledge Basket’s presentation of the Index. The link below takes you to the University of Auckland’s presentation of the Index.
University of Auckland’s Maori Land Court Minute Books Index.
Information about University of Auckland’s Maori Land Court Minute Books Index.
Maori Land Online*
Provides a snapshot of current ownership, trustee, memorial and block information for land that falls within the jurisdiction of the Maori Land Court under Te Ture Whenua Maori Act 1993 and other legislation.
Designed specifically for public libraries, offering a large collection of full text magazines, reference books and other highly regarded sources covering topics such as health, finance and other general interest areas.
Trusted and up-to-date health information produced by the National Institute of Medicine. Provides information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues, as well as extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs.
MyHeritage Library Edition
The MyHeritage database includes birth, death and marriage records from 48 countries, the complete U.S. and U.K. censuses, immigration, military and tombstone records and more than 3 billion family tree profiles.
New Zealand Electronic Text Collection*
Comprises significant New Zealand and Pacific Island texts and materials held by Victoria University of Wellington Library. Encompasses both digitised heritage material and born-digital resources.
New Zealand Gazette*
The official Government newspaper and authoritative journal of constitutional record, published since 1841.
New Zealand Government*
Guide for finding and using New Zealand Government services.
New Zealand History*
Explore the history of New Zealand's culture and society, politics and government and the impact of war.
New Zealand Legislation*
Authoritative source of Acts, Bills and Legislative Instruments, Supplementary Order Papers and links to other instruments.
New Zealand Parliament*
The legislative branch of New Zealand, this site provides access to information about
Book recommendations for favourite authors, titles and series. Search by title, plot or writing styles to find read-alikes.
Digitalised historical New Zealand and Pacific newspapers, magazines and journals, letters, diaries and parliamentary papers.
Poetry & Short Story Reference Centre
Comprehensive research resource for poems, short stories, poets, author, poetic forms, themes, techniques and analyses.
Browse and read more than 4,000 newspapers and magazines online from New Zealand and around the world. Up to 90 days of back issues are available, depending on the newspaper or magazine.
An online platform that provides access to building cost data for those in the building trade industry and property professionals. (Access available only within the library).
Road to IELTS - Academic module
Prepared by the British Council, this offers an opportunity to prepare and practice for the globally recognised IELTS exam. Tests English proficiency at the Academic level, it is organised into four skill areas: reading, writing, listening and speaking. (Does not work in Internet Explorer, open in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari or Microsoft Edge)
Road to IELTS - General module
Prepared by the British Council, this offers an opportunity to prepare and practice for the globally recognised IELTS exam. Tests English proficiency at the General level, it is organised into four skill areas: reading, writing, listening and speaking. (Does not work in Internet Explorer, open in Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari or Microsoft Edge)
Science Reference Centre
Full text articles from a range of scientific disciplines, such as life and earth sciences, space sciences and astrology.
Standards New Zealand and the Building Code
The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (Building System Performance) has funded free, downloadable access to over 120 standards used for Building Code compliance. This initiative fits within Standards New Zealand’s strategy of working with regulators and industry to get more standards pre-funded, as well as enabling better access to standards that make a difference to the wellbeing of New Zealanders.
(See also: Building Code under B)
Statistics New Zealand*
Access statistics collected and reported by Statistics NZ on New Zealand’s environment, economy and society. Includes information on the census: the official count of how many people and dwellings there are in New Zealand.
Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand*
Comprehensive guide to our peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy and society.
Te Puna Search*
For finding material held in New Zealand libraries and worldwide.
The New Zealand Formulary*
An independent resource that addresses the need for general purpose, point-of-care information about the use of medicines in New Zealand.
Treaty of Waitangi Collection
A searchable digital collection of books from Bridget Williams Books, combining award-winning histories with diverse commentary.
Last Reviewed: 13/09/2021