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Auto Repair Source Library Card Required.

Powered by the automotive experts at MOTOR, Auto Repair Source provides service and repair information for thousands of vehicles. All content comes from the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) and includes step-by-step repair information, diagrams, maintenance schedules, parts and labor estimates, service bulletins and recalls.

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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. Coverage ranges from Kylie Minogue and George Clooney, to Socrates and Boudicca.

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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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Discovery Wall

The Discovery Wall showcases images and videos curated from the Christchurch City Libraries Digital Heritage collection, you can visit the wall at Tūranga or the Mobile Discovery Wall when it visits your local library or you can search or browse the images on our Discovery Wall website. You can contribute to the Discovery Wall by uploading images or videos.

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Global Issues: Gale In Context 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.

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

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Home Improvement Source Library Card Required.

A collection of full-text content from leading home improvement magazines and books, this database provides users with detailed, user-friendly “how-to” information covering a variety of home improvement and repair projects.


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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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Kete Christchurch Primary resources

Kete Christchurch was an online resource bringing together records of local events, people, places and events - current and historical. The aim was to gather knowledge held by  the community about the Christchurch and Banks Peninsula area by inviting people to share stories, photos, video and audio.

Kete Christchurch was supported by the Aotearoa Peoples Network Kaharoa and Christchurch City Libraries.

Kete Christchurch was discontinued in June 2022 and the material from Kete Christchurch is being migrated to Canterbury Stories, our place for collecting and presenting online collections from our digitised archives, publications, photographs and community.


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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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LOTE4Kids Library Card Required.

Storytime in your language! Kids can enjoy digital books in languages from around the world, alongside English translations to help develop reading and listening skills.


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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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Opposing Viewpoints: Gale In Context 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 Global Issues: Gale In Context.

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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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