Research & Study

The Library has a range of resources, including e-resources to assist individuals with their personal interest research, and to help students with their studies. You can access the Gale suite of databases from home using your library card number, except and Find My Past.

Gale Books and Authors


Answer the age-old question, 'What do I read next?' Search and match reading interests to books, authors, genres, or topics.


A genealogy research tool which provides access to a wide range of resources. More than 1.5 billion names in over 4,000 databases, including records from the census; military records; court, land and probate records; vital and church records; directories; passenger lists and more. Access in Macksville Library, please book your session by contacting Macksville Library on 02 65681422.

Gale Business Insights: Global


Compare global economies, countries, and industries with in-depth analysis on over 400,000 companies. 

Britannica Online


Includes the complete encyclopaedia, a dictionary, thesaurus, student encyclopaedia and the Britannica Book of the Year. An internet directory with more than 300,000 links to selected web sites.

Gale Health and Wellness 


Access full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia, and much more. This comprehensive consumer health resource provides authoritative information on the full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices for researchers of all levels.

eBook Public Library Subscription Collection

With more than 41,000 e-books chosen specifically for public libraries, this general reference collection features titles for both adults and juveniles, as well as best-selling and highly-recommended titles from industry leading publishers. Click here  and follow these instructions to access this resource.


A family history and genealogy website with millions of records covering Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands. Access in Macksville Library, please book your session by contacting Macksville Library on 02 65681422.

Gale In Context: Biography 


Discover the world's most influential people by searching narrative biographies, news, magazine, and multimedia content.

Gale In Context: Environmental Studies


Understand environmental issues that affect people globally through topic overviews, journals, news, and multimedia content.

Gale In Context: Global Issues


Analyze important global issues and events through topic overviews, international viewpoints, news, and multimedia content.

Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints 


Find overviews, news, and opinions on hundreds of today's important social issues.

Gale In Context: Science


Understand context for hundreds of science topics through overviews, journals, news, interactive experiments, and more.

Gale In Context: World History  


Uncover information on hundreds of the most significant people, events, and topics in world history from a variety of sources.

Gale Interactive: Science


Manipulate 3D interactive models to visualize and understand concepts in biology, chemistry, earth, and space science.

Gale Literature Resource Centre


Find up-to-date biographies, overviews, full-text criticisms, audio interviews, and reviews on writers from all eras.

Gale OneFile: Australia and New Zealand


Access comprehensive periodical content with a focus on Australia and New Zealand, complemented by global news, reference, and multimedia coverage. 

Gale OneFile: News 


Access major newspapers online to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, or other fields. Includes Australian News Limited and Fairfax newspapers

Gale General OneFile


Access general interest magazines and key serials in a single resource. Best for general research.

Gale OneFile: Culinary Arts


Find a variety of information from major cooking and nutrition magazines as well as key reference titles.

Gale OneFile: Fine Arts


Search millions of articles about drama, music, art history, and filmmaking. Diverse resource for serious fine arts students.

Gale OneFile: Gardening and Horticulture


Find millions of articles on the practical and scientific aspects of horticulture studies. For all horticultural enthusiasts.

Gale OneFile: Home Improvement


Search home improvement topics such as architectural techniques, tool and material selection, zoning requirements, and more.

Gale OneFile: Vocations and Careers


Research a vocation, find an appropriate institution of learning, and get assistance on job searches and maintaining a career.

National Geographic Virtual Library


Browse this cross-searchable platform for research insight from journalism's most trusted name in exploration and discovery.

National Geographic Kids


Explore amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space. Use this separate link children’s dedicated computers.

Who Else Writes Like..?


Find other authors that write like your favorites with this useful online resource. Users can browse by genre or go straight to an author of interest, check up on characters and series or the latest prize-winning writers, and follow the links to authors' websites for additional information. To access, choose 'log in with library card' Type in NHL- prefix, then your library card number. i.e. NHL-N000*****



The National Library of Australia’s search tool enables you to search for titles and materials held by public, state, national and university libraries. This database is open access.

CSU Guide for HSC Students

Students sitting the Higher School Certificate this year are benefiting from a new resource-rich website created by the CSU Library, with direction from Mr Paul Grover, lecturer in the CSU School of Education . The CSU Guide for HSC Students offers subject specific learning resources, information and advice that will help students preparing for the HSC.



Whether you're just starting out or looking for in-depth resources for your HSC year, there's something here for you. You'll find information and featured content for each of your subjects; help online and onsite; resources you can use at home, and research guides that bring together resources relevant to particular subjects.

For teachers, there are learning activities, resources and workshops for your HSC program.