HSC resources

Use these online databases and resources for your studies! 

General

Britannica Library Edition

Suitable for all ages and provides access to images, primary source material, videos and links to other websites.
[Library membership required]

General OneFile

Gale General OneFile provides millions of articles from thousands of general interest magazines and periodicals. Find information quickly for general research topics from careers to education and technology. 
[Library membership required]

National Geographic Virtual Library

This comprehensive collection includes National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1888-1994, National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1995-Current, National Geographic: People, Animals, and the World, and National Geographic Kids. From its founding in 1888, the National Geographic Society has grown into an organization synonymous with exploration, photography, maps, and rethinking the world as we know it. [Library membership required]

 

Other resources

Bored of Studies

Contains resources and student forums to help with HSC studies.

Charles Sturt University - HSC Libguide

This site provides subject resources, information and advice to help students prepare for their HSC.

HSC Hub: NSW Department of Education and Training

The HSC hub contains high-quality, on-demand resources that will help prepare for exams. 

Sparknotes

Study Guides for a variety of subjects.

State Library of NSW

Access eResources and subject guides in English, Ancient and Modern History, Legal Studies, Science, and Society and Culture prepared by the State Library of NSW. 

Ancient History

Ancient and Medieval History

Explore important wars, peoples and the cultures of Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Also includes Medieval Europe, Asia and the Islamic Empire up to 1500AD.
[Library membership required]

History Reference Centre

Designed for secondary schools and undergraduate research, this database features full text for thousands of primary source documents and informational texts. [Library membership required]


Other resources

BBC Ancient History

Topics covered include Greek, Egyptian, Roman, British Prehistory, Anglo Saxons, Vikings and India.

The History Teachers’ Association of NSW

Contains resources, upcoming webinars and events, videos and podcasts.

Internet Ancient History Sourcebook

Includes links to visual and aural material, this site focuses on online texts that have been translated more than 75 years ago.

State Library of NSW

A fantastic guide to other Ancient History websites put together by State Library of NSW staff.

Biology, Chemistry and Physics

Biology

Microbiology Information Portal 

Resources include general and industrial microbiology, education, publications, news and articles.

National Human Genome Research Institute

A US organisation containing a wealth of information on genetics designed for students.

Tree of Life Web Project 

Provides information about biodiversity, organisms and their evolutionary history.

Chemistry

ChemiCool

This site has a chemistry dictionary, along with the periodic table. 

Web Elements

Everything you need to know about chemical elements, information includes periodical table, compounds, atoms, isotopes and others.

Physics

Explore Physics

A guide to physics on the web, provided by the Physics in Society team at the Institute of Physics.

PhysLink.com

The PhysLink.com is a comprehensive physics and astronomy online education, research and reference web site.

Business and Economics

ABI/Inform

A comprehensive business database providing in-depth coverage from thousands of publications, including business, economics, management theories and techniques. [Library membership required]

Academic Search Premier

Access articles and information on many areas of academic study including; biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology and religion.
[Library membership required]

Australia / NZ Reference Centre

Access up to date information on current affairs, business, company information, economics, sport and much more.
[Library membership required]

MasterFILE Complete

This database provides thousands of articles, along with photos, flags and maps, and over 81,000 primary source documents on a wide range of subjects including business, education, general science, health and more.
[Library membership required]

ProQuest Research Library

Provides information and articles on over 150 subjects including art, film, music, business, news, general research, health and medicine, history, literature, science and technology, and social sciences. [Library membership required]

 

Other resources

Australian Government Treasury

Treasury provides economic analysis and authoritative policy advice on a variety of issues and also works with state and territory governments on key policy areas, as well as managing federal financial relations.

business.gov.au

An Australian government initiative, this website provides essential information on planning and starting your own business.

CIA World Factbook

Provides information on 267 countries, including history, government, economics, society and country comparisons.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade provides foreign, trade and development policy advice to the government and works to ensure the Australian Government's presence overseas is secure and helps co-ordinated Australia's global, regional and bilateral interests.

EBE: Economics and Business Educators NSW 

Find useful resources and curriculum materials on economics, business, legal and commerce studies.

OECD

Provides economic, finance, trade and other data on countries.

Marketing Magazine

An Australian online magazine, providing online resources related to the marketing industry.

Reserve Bank of Australia

Access publications, research and statistics.

English

AustLit – Australian Literature Gateway 

Authoritative information on hundreds of thousands of creative and critical Australian literature and more than 67 000 Australian authors and literary organizations. Its coverage spans 1780 to the present day. Also includes selected critical articles and creative writing in full text. [Visit the library to use this resource] 

Bloom's Literature

Examines great writers, important works, memorable characters and influential movements and events in world literature. Has a fantastic section on Shakespeare. [Library membership required]

Literary Reference Centre Plus

Access articles and information on thousands of authors and their works, and cover different styles and literature through the ages. [Library membership required]

NoveList Plus

Look up new works of fiction and nonfiction, discover award winning books, access discussion guides, talks, recommended reads and more.
[Library membership required]

 

Other resources

Langston Hughes Poetry

A collection of poems of Langston Hughes, provided by NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).  

Oodgeroo Noonuccal Poetry

A collection of Oodgeroo Noonuccal poetry, provided by NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA).

Sparknotes

Study Guides to literature and other subjects

State Library of New South Wales

This guide will help you find the best books, articles, websites, online databases, and catalogues - sourced and verified by state library experts.

Texts and Human Experiences

Great site developed by Campbelltown Performing Arts High School.

Geography

Britannica Library Edition

A free online resource that provides comprehensive information on the cultural backgrounds of Australia’s biggest migrant populations, including explanations of common cultural attitudes, practices, norms, behaviours, social structures, etiquettes and communication styles. The public resource is funded and supported by SBS, IES and Multicultural NSW. [Library membership required] 

Environmental Studies in Context

Gale in Context: Environmental Studies provides users with comprehensive information to understand important topics that affect people around the world. Explore today’s top environmental issues from global climate change to pollution and populations studies. [Library membership required]

Global Issues in Context

Global Issues In Context supports global awareness and provides a global perspective while tying together a wealth of authoritative content, empowering learners to critically analyze and understand the most important issues of the modern world. [Library membership required]

Greenfile

An environmental awareness resource with a focus on the human impact on the environment, including climate change, pollution, recycling, renewable energy and much more. [Library membership required]

National Geographic Virtual Library

This comprehensive collection includes National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1888-1994, National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1995-Current, National Geographic: People, Animals, and the World and National Geographic Kids. From its founding in 1888, the National Geographic Society has grown into an organization synonymous with exploration, photography, mapsand rethinking the world as we know it. [Library membership required]

 

Other resources

Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment

Contains a wealth of information and government reports on topics ranging from climate change, biodiversity, water, national parks and more.

Cultural Atlas

A free online resource that provides comprehensive information on the cultural backgrounds of Australia’s biggest migrant populations, including explanations of common cultural attitudes, practices, norms, behaviours, social structures, etiquettes and communication styles. The public resource is funded and supported by SBS, IES and Multicultural NSW. 

The Environment, Energy and Science (EES) Group

The EES Group is part of the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. The website Contains a wealth of information and government reports on topics ranging from climate change, biodiversity, water, national parks and more.

Legal Studies

Australasian Legal Information Institute (AUSTLII)

Provides free access to the full legislation from the Commonwealth, ACT, NSW and SA, plus all Australian treaties, tax rulings, and collections of law reform. It also includes the full text decisions of over 20 Australian courts and tribunals, as well as indigenous law, human rights and other secondary materials databases.

Australia & New Zealand Newsstream

ProQuest Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) Newsstream provides access to leading Australian and New Zealand media outlets including regional and major metropolitan newspapers, and content from ABC and APP newswires. [Library membership required]

Australia / NZ Reference Centre

Access up to date information on current affairs, business, company information, economics, sport and much more.
[Library membership required]

Australian Points of View Reference Centre

Need information for a debate? Want to know opposing views on topics such as euthanasia, Australia becoming a republic or climate change? Then take a look here. [Library membership required]

Find Legal Answers

Developed by Legal Information and Access Centre at the State Library of NSW, this database provides access to current and easy to understand information about the law in NSW.

ProQuest Research Library

Provides information and articles on over 150 subjects including art, film, music, business, news, general research, health and medicine, history, literature, science and technology, and social sciences. [Library membership required]

 

Other resources

Hansard and NSW State Parliament

Hansard transcripts are the official record of the proceedings of the NSW State Parliament.

Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC)

The Australian Human Rights Commission is an independent statutory organisation, protecting and promoting human rights in Australia and internationally.

Law Access

This site is hosted by the Department of Communities and Justice. It is a government portal website to law and justice agencies in New South Wales. It also provides information on a variety of legal issues.

NSW Legislation  

This site provides information on the NSW legislation in force, both Acts and Regulations. Also has historical versions of legislation.

Modern History

History Reference Centre

Designed for secondary schools and undergraduate research, this database features full text for thousands of primary source documents and informational texts. [Library membership required]

Modern World History

Discover world changing people, places and events in the broad expanse of history from 1450 to the 21st century.
[Library membership required]

Other resources

Anzac Portal

Provides information on WWI, WWII, Korean, Vietnam and Gulf War.

Australians at War

The Australian War Memorial website covers Australia's involvement in war from the time of the first settlement to our involvement in the Gulf War.

Gallipoli and the Anzacs

Compiled by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs this site provides information on the Gallipoli landing, construction of the ANZAC Commemorative Site and information on visiting Gallipoli today.

History Teachers’ Association of NSW

Contains resources, upcoming webinars and events, videos and podcasts.

Marxists Internet Archive

The Internet’s largest collection of Marxist writings, includes photos and biographies.

Second World War 1939-1945

Provides information on the Australian experience during WWII.

PDHPE and Sport

Consumer Health Complete

Access information on a range of health-related topics. [Library membership required]

Drug Info @ Your Library

Access valuable information regarding recreational and illicit drugs. This resource is managed by State Library of NSW and the NSW Department of Health.

Health and Wellness

A health reference designed to inform and educate readers about a wide variety of medical, scientific, theoretical, and practical subjects associated with health care. [Library membership required]

 

Other resources

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Australia's national agency for health and welfare statistics and information.

Australian Sports Web

Includes useful information on biomechanics, nutrition, coaching, drugs, violence, athlete profiles, as well as general information on sports in Australia.

MedlinePlus

Provides an encyclopedia, dictionaries, and information for health consumers.

NSW Department of Health

Provides information on common health topics, includes publications and resources.

Sports Medicine Australia

Contains factsheets on different sport injuries. 

Religion

Academic Search Premier

Access articles and information on many areas of academic study including; biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology and religion. [Library membership required]

 

Other resources

Bible Gateway

A searchable version of the Bible, also available in other languages.

Catholic Encyclopedia

Provides "full and authoritative information on the entire cycle of Catholic interests, actions and doctrine."

Discover Islam

Wide range of topic areas exploring Islam with related issues. 

Religious Tolerance

The website offers explanations on religious beliefs and world views on controversial topics.

Science

Academic Search Premier

Access articles and information on many areas of academic study including; biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology and religion. [Library membership required]

Environmental Studies in Context

Gale in Context: Environmental Studies provides users with comprehensive information to understand important topics that affect people around the world. Explore today’s top environmental issues from global climate change to pollution and populations studies. [Library membership required]

Greenfile

An environmental awareness resource with a focus on the human impact on the environment, including climate change, pollution, recycling, renewable energy and much more. [Library membership required]

Science in Context

An engaging online resource that provides contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics. The collection includes millions of full-text articles that includes national and global publications as well as 200+ experiments, projects, and top reference content. [Library membership required]

Science Reference Centre

Provides articles from a range of sources including encyclopedias and covers a variety of topics including; biology, chemistry, environment, health, history of science, life science, science biographies, space and more. [Library membership required] 

Other resources

ABC Science

ABC's (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Online Gateway to Science.

CSIRO

Australia’s national science research agency. Great site for research on topics such as, climate change, renewable energy, environment and agriculture.

The Climate Council

The Climate Council is an Australian leading the way in communicating climate change.

Society and Culture

Australian Points of View Reference Centre

Need information for a debate? Want to know opposing views on topics such as euthanasia, Australia becoming a republic or climate change? Then take a look here. [Library membership required]

Diversity Studies

A must-have for social science, history, and liberal art students, Gale OneFile: Diversity Studies explores covers topics including gender and women’s studies, anthropology, cultural differences, and sociology.  [Library membership required]

MasterFILE Complete

This database provides thousands of articles, along with photos, flags and maps, and over 81,000 primary source documents on a wide range of subjects including business, education, general science, health and more.
[Library membership required]

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

Gale's Opposing Viewpoints In Context is the premier online resource covering today's hottest social 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.
[Library membership required]

ProQuest Research Library

Provides information and articles on over 150 subjects including art, film, music, business, news, general research, health and medicine, history, literature, science and technology and social sciences. [Library membership required]

Other resources

Cultural Atlas

A free online resource that provides comprehensive information on the cultural backgrounds of Australia’s biggest migrant populations, including explanations of common cultural attitudes, practices, norms, behaviours, social structures, etiquettes and communication styles. The public resource is funded and supported by SBS, IES and Multicultural NSW.

Visual Arts

Fine Arts 

The Fine Arts places 10.4 million articles at the fingertips of serious students of drama, music, art history and filmmaking. [Library membership required]

ProQuest Research Library

Provides information and articles on over 150 subjects including art, film, music, business, news, general research, health and medicine, history, literature, science and technology and social sciences. [Library membership required]

 

Other resources

Art Gallery of NSW

The Art Gallery of NSW collects, preserves, documents and displays both Australian and international art. Art education is also one of its roles. Great learning resources available on the website.

Google Cultural Institute

Features content from over 1200 leading museums and archives who have partnered with the Google Cultural Institute to bring the world's treasures online.

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia 

The Museum of Contemporary Art exhibits, collects and interprets work from today’s artists. Great learning resources available on the website.

National Gallery of Australia 

The National Gallery of Australia is the leading visual arts institution in Australia.  Learning resources collection is quite detailed.

Powerhouse Museum – Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

Contemporary Australian museum specialising in arts, science, innovation and design. Online resources include collection sets detailing Australian inventions and design technology. 

Homework help

Ask a Librarian

The Ask a Librarian services allows library members to ask questions online and receive answers via email, or over the phone. We can help answer general questions about using the library, or help you locate information for your studies, work needs or personal interests. Please note: we cannot undertake detailed research for you.

Studiosity

Studiosity is an online, free tutoring service for students from year 3 up who are members of Blacktown City Libraries. This service is anytime, 24/7. [Library membership required]