Access online resources to learn, research or have fun! Topics include biography, books and authors, business and law, children's resources, computer and internet skills, consumer information, encyclopaedias, family history, health, language learning, library catalogues, magazines and newspapers, science.
Browse online resources by category:
- Australian Dictionary of Biography Online Edition [Selected website]
Articles detailing the lives of over 12,000 people who were significant in Australian history and who died before 1991. All the articles are taken from the print edition published between 1966 and 2007. From the Australian National University.
- Good Reading magazine [Selected website]
A central place for book lovers to find useful information such as first chapters, reading group notes or book events, but also a place for readers to exchange thoughts and ideas. From the publishers of the Australian magazine Good Reading.
City of Melville Libraries subscribes to the hardcopy version of this magazine. Place a hold on the issue you want.
- Fantastic fiction [Selected website]
A useful site for readers of genre fiction particularly fantasy, science fiction and horror. Includes bibliographies for over 40,000 authors and makes it easy to find sequels or individual titles from a series.
- Whichbook [Selected website]
A new way to choose what to read. This website allows you to enter up to four characteristics for the type of book you want. Just click on each bar and move the sliders. Alternatively, see suggestions based on your choice of character, plot and setting. From Opening The Book Ltd.
- National Construction Code (NCC) [Selected website]
The NCC is an initiative of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) developed to incorporate all on-site construction requirements into a single code. The NCC is comprised of the Building Code of Australia (BCA), Volume One and Two; and the Plumbing Code of Australia (PCA), Volume Three.
Individuals can register for access to the free digital NCC by completing a registration form on the NCC website. Login details are based upon a user's email address, which requires verification before access is granted.
- Western Australian legislation [Selected website]
Read up-to-date copies of W.A. acts and regulations. From the State Law Publisher.
These online services for children - Busythings, Literacy Planet and Tumblebooks - have been provided through Better Beginnings supporting families in sharing a love of reading.
- Busythings [premium eResource - access from home or within library]
Busythings is an online resource for the early years that includes 115+ fun learning activities that help children learn important skills in the key learning areas of creative development, problem solving, reasoning, numeracy, communication, language and literacy and knowledge and understanding of the world.
- Literacy Planet [premium eResource - access from home or within library]
Note: Access to Literacy Planet will no longer be available through WA public libraries after November. The State Library has recently reviewed literacy eResources subscribed to on behalf of WA families and cancelled Literacy Planet as from 30 November 2017. We apologise for any inconvenience.
A high-quality, play-based, Australian literacy resource with more than 10,000 activities online for children of all ages and ability. Children and parents can select from activities focusing on pre-reading skills, phonics, reading, spelling, vocabulary, grammar and comprehension in a fun, exciting and safe online environment. New users should select "Western Australian Libraries" from the "Libraries" list on the sign up page. Literacy Planet was formerly known as Intrepica.
- Overdrive for kids [premium eResource - access from home or within library]
The eReading Room is a section of OverDrive that displays content only for kids. Kids can browse, sample, place holds and borrow eBooks appropriate for their age range and reading level. No adult content will appear in the search results.
- Story Box Library [premium eResource - access from home or within library]
Story Box Library connects children with over sixty Australian books read by some of Australia's finest storytellers. The stories are a little bit cheeky, a little bit charming and a whole lot of fun! Each video features a title being read and gives children a vibrant, interactive experience. You can select stories by age group, theme, author/illustrator and reader.
Note: Our link to Story Box Library takes you to a State Library of W.A. eResources webpage. Once there, just scroll down to find the Story Box icon and click on the name to get started.
- TumbleBooks - eBooks for eKids [premium eResource - access from home or within library]
Note: Access to Tumblebooks is no longer available through WA public libraries. The State Library has recently reviewed literacy eResources subscribed to on behalf of WA families and cancelled Tumblebooks as from 31 October 2017. We apologise for any inconvenience.
Introduce young children to the joys of reading with this delightful collection of animated talking picture books, educational games and puzzles.
- The Computer School [premium eResource - access from home or within library]
Self-paced, online computer skills tutorials aimed at beginner and intermediate level. Covers computer basics, email, internet, Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, Publisher, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Facebook, YouTube, Skype and many other topics. The tutorials include step-by-step instructions along with exercises and activities to help learn. Login to the website using your library card barcode number. From thecomputerschool.net
- eSafety [Selected website]
Helps young people have safe, enjoyable experiences online. Provides online safety education and a complaints system to help children if they experience serious cyberbullying. From the Australian Government's Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner.
- GCF Learnfree [Selected website]
From Microsoft Office and email to reading, maths, and more, GCFLearnFree.org offers 180 tutorials, including more than 2000 lessons, 800 videos, and 55 interactives, completely free. From Goodwill Community Foundation and Goodwill Industries of Eastern North Carolina.
- Mousing Around [Selected website]
Exercises for new computer mouse users. Includes an information tutorial, a practical 'mousercise' activity, and games to help you build your mousing skills. From Palm Beach County Library.
- Stay Smart Online [Selected website]
Provides information for Australian internet users on the simple steps they can take to protect their personal and financial information online. From the Attorney-General's Department of the Australian Government.
- Carter's Price Guide to Antiques [premium eResource - access from home or within library]
Find out prices of antiquities, antiques, collectables, retro, vintage 20th century design. Covers from 1500BC to the present day. From Carter's Publications.
- Choice Online Full Access [premium eResource - use within library only]
This website provides Australian test reports from Choice Magazine on hundreds of consumer products and services. Reports may be available online up to one month before they appear in the print version of the magazine.
Many useful articles are free to read but library users can obtain full access to all reports from the library public workstations. Please ask a staff member to log you into the Choice website.
- Product safety recalls [Selected website]
Based on publicly available announcements, newspaper advertisements, or recall notifications that have been submitted to the Commonwealth Minister, by the supplier of the product. The Product Safety Australia website is managed by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission on behalf of Commonwealth, state and territory product safety regulators.
- Scam Watch [Selected website]
SCAMwatch provides information to consumers and small businesses about how to recognise, avoid and report scams. Provided by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).
- Your Home [Selected website]
Your Home is a suite of consumer and technical guide materials and tools developed to encourage the design, construction or renovation of homes to be comfortable, healthy and more environmentally sustainable. Also includes a home buyer's guide. A collaborative project of the Australian Government and the building, architecture and design industries managed by the Department of the Environment and Energy.
- Country profiles [Selected website]
Information about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of almost 240 countries. Provided by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
- Encyclopaedia Britannica Library Edition [premium eResource - access from home or within library]
An excellent resource for students, parents and teachers. It can be searched according to the users particular age group ensuring results are suitable for all stages of learning.
- Oxford Dictionaries Online [Selected website]
Oxfords modern English dictionary and language reference service contains over 350,000 entries updated quarterly with new words. This website also includes example sentences, tips to improve your writing skills and puzzle solvers for fans of crosswords and anagrams.
- World Factbook [Selected website]
Compiled by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the World Factbook provides frequently updated information, maps, facts and statistics on more than 250 countries and other entities.
- Ancestry Library Edition [premium eResource - use within library only]
Ancestry provides access to thousands of information databases including U.K. census returns (1841-1911), Australian electoral rolls (1903-1980), U.S. census returns and much more.
Complete access to all sections of the Ancestry Library Edition is only available from within our libraries on the public computers. You may need to book a one-hour session in advance.
- FamilySearch [Selected website]
Includes online genealogical resources developed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The most well-known is the International Genealogical Index (IGI) which contains millions of entries (mainly baptisms and marriages) often transcribed from the church parish registers of various denominations in North America, the British Isles and Finland. Records span the years from 1500 to 1900. Individuals have also submitted entries. Inaccuracies are possible so the index information should be checked against the original source.
- FreeBMD [Selected website]
Provides search access to the Civil Registration Index of Births, Marriages and Deaths for England and Wales. FreeBMD is a volunteer project to transcribe the index for the period 1837-1983. Good coverage from 1837 until around 1963 with some years after this time still not 100% complete. For more details, visit the site's information pages and view the coverage charts for the years and registration events which interest you.
- Cochrane Library Online [premium eResource - access from anywhere in Australia]
The Cochrane Library consists of a regularly updated collection of evidence-based medicine databases featuring over 1,000 journals, major reference works, online books, Current Protocols laboratory manuals, and databases. From Wiley Interscience.
- Healthdirect Australia [Selected website]
Trusted health information and advice online and over the phone (1800 022 222), available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Funded by the governments of Australia.
- Inside Radiology [Selected website]
An Australian site containing up-to-date information about radiology (diagnostic imaging) tests and procedures that you or a family member may require.
- Lab Tests Online Australasia [Selected website]
A site designed to help the patient better understand any one of the hundreds of lab tests used to screen, diagnose or monitor illness and disease.
- Past WACE examinations [Selected website]
Past WACE examinations papers for Stage 3. Provided by the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (W.A. State Government).
- AMES - Learn English Online [premium eResource - access from home or within library]
Three courses available:
- World Wide English
General English from beginner to intermediate with a work, life and study focus. Equivalent to IELTS 1 to 5.5.
- Living in Australia
General English for beginners. Develops the language and cultural skills learners need to settle in Australia and participate fully in social, community and workplace settings. Equivalent to IELTS 1 to 5.
- Workplace Communication Skills
Advanced English covering job seeking online, grammar you need, writing for work, pronunciation at work, customer service, negotiating and problem solving. Equivalent to IELTS 5.5+.
From NSW AMES.
- Mango Languages [premium eResource - access from home or within library]
Want to learn a language or improve your English speaking skills?
Mango is an online program that makes language learning fun. Each lesson is focused on practical, common conversation skills and includes instruction on vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture. Travelling soon? Try Mango before you go! Choose from 72 languages or for those learning English as a Second Language - there are courses for speakers of 21 languages.
Tip: On the "Mango Languages" start page there are two options:
- To start learning immediately click the "Guest Access" button and then select a language;
- Or to track your learning progress, click the "Create a Profile" link so you can then sign in to a personalised version of Mango.
The Mango Languages app is available for iOS and Android.
- Local public libraries
City of Canning Libraries (Branches in Bentley, Queens Park, Riverton and Willetton)
City of Cockburn Libraries (Branches in Coolbellup, Spearwood and Success)
City of South Perth (Branches in Manning and South Perth)
Trove (includes Libraries Australia)
- Australian Newspapers : historic Australian newspapers, 1803 to 1954 [Selected website]
Try out this evolving website to search the full text of digitised Australian newspapers and view scans of each page. A great resource for history buffs and genealogists. The National Library's Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program has so far digitised 5.8 million pages containing 57 million articles. This includes all issues of The West Australian up to 1954 along with its nineteenth-century predecessors, the Perth Gazette and the West Australian Times. Also, the Sunday Times up to 1954. Recently, all issues of the Australian Women's Weekly between 1933 and 1982 were added. Read more about the project and the newspapers currently included.
- Community Newspapers Digital Editions Archive [Selected website]
Read an exact digital copy of the Melville Times or any other weekly suburban newspaper published by the Community Newspapers Group since August 2014. You can also search the complete set of archived newspapers for your topic of interest in articles, advertisements or both.
- Fremantle Herald group of newspapers [Selected website]
Read an exact digital copy of the Melville City Herald or other local newspapers published each Saturday by the Herald Newspaper Group: Fremantle Herald, Cockburn City Herald, Perth Voice. Click the "Archives" link on the website to access the different editions of the newspaper back to January 2012.
- Popular magazines [premium eResource - access from home or within library]
Contains the full text of articles from hundreds of popular magazines and newspapers. Includes the full text (without photographs) of articles from News Corp Australia publications such as The Australian, The Herald-Sun (Melbourne), The Daily Telegraph (Sydney), The Northern Territory News, The Advertiser (Adelaide), The Mercury (Hobart). From Gale Cengage Learning.
- PressReader (formerly PressDisplay) [premium eResource - access from home or within library]
PressReader provides you with access to the latest issue of 5000 newspaper and magazine titles from 100 countries in 60 languages. All publications include full text and images and look exactly the same as the printed version. You can also search in back issues from the last two months (depending on the title) or get instant translations of articles. Includes The West Australian, TechLife Australia, The Straits Times, The Guardian, The Scotsman and many more. Note that due to publisher restrictions, a small number of the titles are not available when accessing PressReader on a mobile device. From NewspaperDirect.
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Please note: News Corp Australia publications, including The Australian, The Herald-Sun (Melbourne), The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) and other titles are no longer available through PressReader. We apologise for the inconvenience.
[premium eResource - access from home or within library]
Read any issue of The West from today's edition back to July 2004 in "true to print" digital format - an exact copy of the printed version. You can browse through each page or search the entire archive for particular keywords in articles, pictures, advertisements and classifieds. Ideal for researching a topic or even tracking down a birth, marriage or death notice.
Update: The Sunday Times newspaper is now included in the digital archive as from Sunday 20 November 2016.
- Cosmos magazine [premium eResource - access from home or within library]
Cosmos is Australia's number one popular science magazine and includes news, features, opinions and short fiction pieces. Full of ideas, science, society and the future; it is intelligent yet accessible, and explores the big questions of our age - from climate change to robotics, from how the brain works to why stars shine.
Browse through hundreds of articles arranged by topic or search the archive by keyword. A great resource for students.
To read a digital copy of the magazine as printed, click on the "Print Issues" link and download PDF versions of whole issues from the latest edition right back to the first issue in 2005.
Premium eResources provide reliable, high quality content and are often information databases not found on the Web. Access is available from the public computers in the five City of Melville libraries and most can also be used from home - just login using your library card barcode number.
Selected websites are freely accessible to everyone, everywhere and have been chosen by library staff to complement the premium eResources. Listing links to resources on the Web does not mean City of Melville Libraries endorses the information provided.