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Online databases

If you are researching a topic, completing an assignment, studying or need up to date topical information, our library service provides access to databases with exclusive encyclopaedic material.

You will need your Library card number to access some of these resources at home.

List of online databases

Drug Info

Drug info@your library

Collections

Web resources and public library collections selected by specialist staff at the State Library of New South Wales, in consultation with experts in the field.

Cumberland libraries have collections providing easy to read information on:

  • Commonly used drugs such as cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy, party drugs, heroin, inhalants, steroids and tobacco
  • Non-medical use of prescribed drugs
  • Current issues such as drugs in sport
  • Drugs and the law
  • Drugs and mental health
  • Alcohol, guidelines and how to cope with problem drinking
  • Personal narratives and biographies
  • Where to go for help and support

Family History

Ancestry Library Edition - library access only

A genealogy research tool containing more than 1.5 billion names in over 4000 databases and includes records from the United States Census, military records, court, land and probate records, church records, directories, passenger lists and more.

Findmypast.com.au - library access only

Search 50 million records for Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands and Papua New Guinea. Find your past using our family history records and many more for local and social history. Now includes resources previously available through the Find My Past UK site with over 650 million family history records including records from each of the Victorian (1841-1901) censuses, access to the 1911 census on 1911census.co.uk, the Parish Records Collection and an extensive military records collection.

Trove

Created and maintained by the National Library of Australia, Trove helps you find and use resources relating to Australia and brings together content from libraries, museums, archives and other research organisations. Search for books, photos, historical newspaper articles and so much more.

Find Legal Answers

Find Legal Answers

Find Legal Answers Tool Kit

Hot Topics

Referral guide

The Find Legal Answers web guide provides access to current information about the law in NSW. The guide lists useful resources, organised by topic, that are available on the web and in print.

Topics include:

  • Family Law
  • Consumer rights
  • Neighbour disputes
  • Making a will
  • Traffic offences
  • Going to court

Cumberland libraries have:

  • The Find Legal Answers Tool Kit – a collection of easy to read and practical books about the law
  • Hot Topics publications – legal issues in plain language

Auburn and Merrylands Libraries also have additional collections of legal resources and staff trained to assist with searching for legal information.

Legal advice is available from organisations contained in the referral guide.

General Interest

Community Information Directory

A community information resource, listing services and organisations within the Cumberland area.

Trove

Created and maintained by the National Library of Australia, Trove helps you find and use resources relating to Australia and brings together content from libraries, museums, archives and other research organisations. Search for books, photos, historical newspaper articles and so much more.

Help with Homework and Assignments

Studiosity

Studiosity allows students to connect with qualified tutors online using the Library’s public computers or at home using their own computer. Get help with homework, assignments, projects and exam revision. You will need to enter your Library membership number for access. You can access Studiosity from 3pm to 10pm on school days only.

Languages and IELTS

Practical Writing

Practical Writing will help you develop your writing skills, both for school (for example, essays) and for life (for example, job applications).

Road to IELTS – General Training Module

Intensive work on vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and speaking helping to develop the skills to the level needed to succeed in the IELTS exam.

Road to IELTS – Academic Module

Intensive work on vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and speaking helping to develop the skills to the level needed to succeed in the IELTS exam.

LiteracyPlanet

LiteracyPlanet is an online learning resource offering an interactive and fun learning program to assist in childhood literacy development.

News and Current Affairs

Sydney Morning Herald - (Library access only)

Cumberland Council Library members can access digital editions of the Sydney Morning Herald. Free access to interactive and searchable replicas of the current and archive issues of the printed edition is available in any Library branch.

The Age - (Library access only)

Cumberland Council Library members can access digital editions of The Age. Free access to interactive and searchable replicas of the current and archive issues of the printed edition is available in any Library branch.

Research & Education (NEW)

The Gale Databases are a collection of databases that cover topics such as DIY repair, science, history, gardening and news. 

Biography

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

Books and Authors

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

Business: Entrepreneurship

Learn how to start, finance, or manage your small business. Includes sample business plans, how to guides, articles, and more.

Business: Plan Builder

Grow, plan, and optimize a business/nonprofit. Utilize development tools and a step-by-step process to build a business plan.

Environmental Studies

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

Global Issues

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

Health and Wellness

Search a full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to alternative medical practices.

Literature Resource Center

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

National Geographic Kids

Explore amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space. Best for children aged 6 to 14 years.

National Geographic Virtual Library

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

OneFiles: News

Access major U.S. and international newspapers online to search articles instantly by title, headline, date, or other fields.

Opposing Viewpoints

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

Science

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

Interactive: Science

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

World History

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

State Library NSW eResources

Access State Library of NSW online resources

Use your Library card to access State Library of NSW online resources. Login to access local & international newspapers, full-text journals, magazines, online databases, eBooks and eAudiobooks.