Study tools

Got an assignment due?  Use these online databases and resources for your studies!


Academic Search Premier

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

Australia / NZ Reference Centre

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

Britannica Library Edition

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

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]

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] 

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]

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 education

Thousands of free curriculum-linked resources for school teachers and students!

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australia's official statistical organisation. Provides high quality and wide ranging statistics on aspects of life and business in Australia. provides statistical information on the local government area using current and past Census data.

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.

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.

National Library of Australia Digital Classroom

The Digital Classroom is aligned to the Australian Curriculum and supports a variety of classroom contexts and learning styles. It adopts an inquiry approach, allowing students to analyse sources, develop skills and draw their own conclusions about the Australian story.

NSW Students online (y10 – y12)

Students Online is your source for information about your study from Year 10 to the HSC.

SBS Learn

SBS Learn focuses on on creating quality materials for teachers aligned to the Australian curriculum.
Students may like to use these materials to further their knowledge or test their skills outside the classroom. 

State Library of NSW eResources

You can use your Blacktown City Libraries to access a range of State Library eResources. 

State Library of NSW Research Guides

These research guides provide key websites, eResources, books and information about a wide range of topics.

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 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]