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19th Century U.S. Newspapers Newspapers Primary resources Library Card Required.

As a new American nation emerged in the 1800s, the first draft of history was written by those who experienced it and recorded it in newspaper pages from coast to coast. With 1.8 million pages available, the collection features publications of all kinds, from the political party newspapers at the beginning of the nineteenth century to the mammoth dailies that shaped the nation at the century's end. 

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Archway – Archives New Zealand

Archway is Archives New Zealand’s system for documenting government records. New Zealand Government records which can be useful in family history research include: Military Personnel Files, Women's Suffrage Petition, The New Zealand Police Gazette, Crown Purchase Deeds, Coroner's Inquests, Naturalisation and Alien Registers and migration records. Some of these records are available on the Archway site itself, others at Family Search, opens a new window and Papers Past, opens a new window etc. View a list of what has been digitised.

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Biography: Gale In Context Academic & Research Reference: dictionaries, encyclopedias etc Library Card Required.

Biographical information about more than one million of the most searched and studied people. Search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender, as well as by keyword and full text. This resource is continuously updated to ensure users have access to the very latest information. Coverage ranges from Kylie Minogue and George Clooney, to Socrates and Boudicca.

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Birth, Death and Marriage Historical Records

You can search and order New Zealand Government records for births, deaths and marriages (BDM) on the Birth, Death and Marriage Historical Records website.

The historic data available for you to search is limited so that information relating to people who might still be alive, can be protected. Information available includes:

  • Births that occurred at least 100 years ago
  • Stillbirths that occurred at least 50 years ago
  • Marriages that occurred 80 years ago
  • Deaths that occurred at least 50 years ago or the deceased's date of birth was at least 80 years ago.
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British Library Newspapers Newspapers Primary resources Library Card Required.

Sourced from the extensive holdings of the British Library, British Library Newspapers delivers a wide range of irreplaceable local and regional voices to reflect the social, political, and cultural events of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. With more than 160 newspaper titles, the series is comprised of approximately 5.5 million pages of historic content, from articles to advertisements

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Christchurch City Council Cemeteries Database

This database covers interments in Christchurch City Council managed cemeteries. Apart from some on Banks Peninsula, church cemeteries are not included. There are very few records for the Barbadoes Street cemetery listed. Cremation details are not included in this database unless there was an ashes burial.

Details of interments from Christchurch City Council cemeteries compiled by the Greenspace Unit of the Christchurch City Council.

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Gale In Context: Global Issues Academic & Research Library Card Required.

Improves awareness and provides perspective on global issues, while tying together a wealth of authoritative content: empowering learners to critically analyse and understand the most important issues of the modern world.

Content is from over 800 geographically diverse newspapers, magazines, and journals, covering subjects such as business and economics, conflict and diplomacy, society and culture, environment and climate change, and more.

Gale In Context: Global Issues is cross searchable with Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints.

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Gale in Context: High School Academic & Research Library Card Required.

Designed for high school students (12+ years old) and provides access to age-appropriate, authoritative digital content for classroom assignments. Learners can research magazines, journals, newspapers, and reference books covering a wide range of subjects, from science, history, and literature to political science, sports, and environmental studies.

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Gale In Context: Middle School Academic & Research Library Card Required.

Created specifically for middle schoolers (years 7-10), this database combines reference content with age-appropriate videos, newspapers, magazines, primary sources, and much more. Gale In Context: Middle School supports the developing information and digital literacy skills of middle school students. Covers all curriculum subject areas literature, social studies and science.

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Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints Academic & Research Library Card Required.

Perspectives on major contentious social, political, and technological issues, from capital punishment to immigration to marijuana. This cross-curricular research database supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Informed, differing views help learners develop critical-thinking skills and draw their own conclusions.

With over 20,000 pro/con viewpoints, approximately 19,000 reference articles, interactive maps, infographics, and more, students will be prepared to argue any side of the issue.

Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints is cross searchable with Gale In Context: Global Issues.

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Gale In Context: Science Academic & Research Library Card Required.

An engaging online resource that provides contextual information on hundreds of today’s most significant science topics. By integrating authoritative, curriculum-aligned reference content with headlines and videos, students see how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues, from weather patterns to obesity. For practical experience, more than 200 experiments and projects are included, ranging from simple to complex.

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Gale Interactive Human Anatomy Academic & Research Library Card Required.

An innovative learning aid that allows students to examine virtual 3D dissections and look into specific systems or regions of the human body. Over 125 interactive sessions covering  a number of subjects including life sciences, musculoskeletal system, cardiology, gastroenterology, neurology, neuroscience, otolaryngology, osteopathy, pulmonology, urology and vascular systems.

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Gale Interactive Science Academic & Research Library Card Required.

Explore science from every angle with interactive 3D models with functionality including zooming in, rotating, or pulling them apart. Bring Science to life with interactive 3D models that empower students to better visualize and understand concepts in biology, chemistry, earth and space science. Access over 200 interactive sessions and 60 models to print with a 3D printer.

Subjects covered include, biology, chemistry, astronomy, circulatory system, physics, geology, infectious disease, microbiology, palaeontology, reproductive system, zoology

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Illustrated London News 1842-2003 Newspapers Primary resources Library Card Required.

With its debut in 1842, the Illustrated London News became the world's first fully illustrated weekly newspaper, marking a revolution in journalism and news reporting. This archive includes every published issue, from the first in 1842 to the last in 2003, it combines information and the power of pictures.

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Listener Historical Archive, 1929-1991, The Magazines & journals Library Card Required.

The Listener was a weekly magazine established by the BBC to reproduce and expand on the content of its broadcast and television talks. The Listener Historical Archive 1929-1991 provides an invaluable resource for those researching the arts, politics, science and culture in the twentieth century.

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Māori Land Court Minute Books Index (MLCMBI) Reference: dictionaries, encyclopedias etc

We no longer subscribe to the Knowledge Basket version, you can now access this via the University of Auckland website.

The MLCMBI is an index to the volumes of Māori Land Court Minute Books produced by The Māori Land Court — Te Kooti Whenua Māori. The Māori Land Court Minute Books contain judges' notes on court sittings from 1865 to 1910 from the Taitokerau, Waikato-Maniapoto, Tairawhiti, Waiariki, Aotea, Takitimu, and Waipounamu Māori Land Court Districts.

Physical copies of the South Island and Chatham Island minutes are held in the Ngā Pounamu Māori Centre. The entire collection is available at the Macmillan Brown Library.

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New Zealand History Collection Academic & Research Library Card Required.

The New Zealand History Collection provides complete online access to a major, authoritative resource – over thirty years of award-winning history and biography publishing from Bridget Williams Books. Over ninety titles,  including recent additions to BWB’s history list such as the widely acclaimed Great War for New Zealand by Vincent O’Malley, as well as multiple works by late historian Judith Binney.

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New Zealand Sign Language Collection Reference: dictionaries, encyclopedias etc Library Card Required.

The New Zealand Sign Language Collection has reference material alongside  accounts of Deaf experience. Using rich multimedia and visuals which could not be delivered to libraries in traditional means. Includes access to Rachel McKee's New Zealand Sign Language: A Reference Grammar.

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O’Reilly Books Online Library Card Required.

Electronic reference library of technology, digital media, business and management titles. From artificial intelligence and mark-up languages to desktop publishing and networking, O'Reilly Books Online contains eBooks from a wide range of publishers such as O'Reilly, Peachpit, Microsoft and Adobe Press.

Previously known as Safari Books online.

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Parliamentary Papers – Papers Past

The Appendix to the Journals of the House of Representatives (AJHR), sometimes known as "the A to Js", is a collection of government-related reports published every year from 1858. 

The three volumes of the Votes and Proceedings of the House of Representatives (1854-1856) preceded the Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives (AJHRs).

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Picture Post Historical Archive Magazines & journals Primary resources Library Card Required.

The complete archive of the Picture Post from its first issue in 1938 to its last in 1957—all digitized from originals in full colour. Picture Post (1938-1957) provides a fascinating snapshot of British life from the 1930s to the 1950s, with thousands of photos of ordinary people doing ordinary things -- from boys rolling a tyre, to a view of a postwar bedsit, to young women on a rollercoaster -- all caught in a single moment in time.

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Punch Historical Archive 1841-1992 Magazines & journals Primary resources Library Card Required.

From 1841 to 1992, Punch was the world's most celebrated magazine of wit and satire. From its early years as a campaigner for social justice to its transformation into national icon, Punch played a central role in the formation of British identity—and how the rest of the world saw the British nation.

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Story Box Library Music, audio & video Library Card Required.

The best place to watch celebrated stories read aloud by our favourite storytellers. A fantastic literary resource for pre-school through to upper primary-aged children, a range of actors, sportspeople, authors, illustrators and more share their unique voices in an ever-growing library. It's Storytime, anytime!

This is a collection of online videos of great stories read by great storytellers and also short movies about authors and illustrators also lots of activities to do at home.

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Sunday Times Digital Archive 1822-2006, The Newspapers Primary resources Library Card Required.

This archive brings two centuries of news together in one resource, providing the complete run of the newspaper up to 2006, including all of its supplements. It allows users to easily explore over 180 years of news, investigative reporting, and commentary from Britain’s premier Sunday publication.

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Times Literary Supplement Historical Archive, 1902 – 2011, The Newspapers Library Card Required.

The only literary weekly to offer comprehensive coverage of the  most important publications as well as reviewing theatre, cinema, music and exhibitions. Founded in 1902 as a supplement to The Times (London) it would latter become a separate publication in 1914.

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Treaty of Waitangi Collection, The Library Card Required.

The Treaty of Waitangi Collection brings together leading thinking on this foundational document, including works by acclaimed scholars such as Claudia Orange, Judith Binney, Vincent O’Malley, Alan Ward and Aroha Harris. This Collection is a living resource backed by a long-term vision for Treaty scholarship into the twenty-first century.

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Women’s Studies Collection, The Library Card Required.

The Women's Studies Collection from Bridget Williams Books provides access to the history of New Zealand women, and a series of ground-breaking books on women's issues, lives and histories. The Collection includes the widely acclaimed A History of New Zealand Women by Barbara Brookes, and The Women’s Suffrage Petition 1893. Significant biographies (Suzanne Aubert, Lauris Edmond, Pauline O’Regan) enrich the historical narrative, alongside key works on politics, economics and feminism.

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