Research Resources

The following electronic resources are available to students with a membership to the State Library, which we highly recommend. If you are looking for quality information for your research assignments, start here. Students will need to get their parent/guardian to fill in the consent form before joining the State Library.

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The State Library of Western Australia subscribes to many eResources on behalf of its members and clients. Many of these are useful for school teachers and students, providing free access to websites which would otherwise require a paid subscription.


RB Digital and Press Reader provide State Library members with access to an extensive range of magazines and current newspapers from around the world. These may be beneficial for students who prefer to read magazines for fun, as well as providing an array of resources for media studies. They can also be used for researching a wide variety of topics, from US politics to recent scientific discoveries.

RB Digital

RB Digital

RB Digital provides the State Library and Public Library members with access to a range of eMagazines delivered right to their desktop or favourite mobile device.



PressReader gives you access to nearly 6000 newspapers and magazines from around the world in over 60 languages, including today’s edition of The West Australian.

Humanities and Social Sciences

The eResources below have been explored by a qualified, experienced teacher and assessed as being of potential value to teachers and students of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS), particularly history. They provide access to digitised primary source materials, especially news articles.



An online newspaper service which combines national titles from Fairfax, News Ltd and ABC in Australia and New Zealand. This includes The AgeThe Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian. Newspaper titles can be searched individually or collectively. Coverage from the ABC includes transcripts from current affairs TV and radio, including 7:30 Report and Insiders.

Oxford DNB

Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

A record of people who have shaped British history and culture, from the Romans to the 21st century. The biographies are written by specialist authors and overseen by academic editors at Oxford University and published by Oxford University Press.

Gale NewsVault

Gale NewsVault

Explore Gale NewsVault for a range of historical newspaper and periodical collections including 17thcentury English newspapers, 19th Century US newspapers and much more.

British Library Newspapers

British Library Newspapers

This collection offers full runs of national, regional, and local 19th century British newspapers, taken directly from the extensive holdings of the British Library.

Age of Exploration

This collection focuses on maritime exploration from the earliest voyages, through the age of discovery, the search for the ‘New World’, the establishment of European settlements on every continent.

Bringing together documents relating to major events in European maritime history to help research and study.

Migration to the New Worlds

Migration to New Worlds collection provides a wide-ranging and in depth look at the emigration of peoples from Great Britain, mainland Europe and Asia during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Explore unique primary source personal accounts, shipping logs, convict records, printed literature and organisational papers supplemented by carefully compiled teaching and research aids.


The eResources below have been explored by a qualified and experienced English teacher and assessed as being of potential value to teachers and students of English. They provide access to a range of sites, including author biographies, art house films and critical reviews.


Australian Book Review Online Edition

The online version of the magazine, which aims to support Australia’s literary heritage and provide an outlet for quality new writing. The ABR publishes reviews, essays, commentaries, interviews and new creative writing. It engages extensively with the Arts and publishes reviews of new films, plays, operas, concerts, dance, festivals and art exhibitions.


A film streaming site focusing on ‘thoughtful entertainment,’ meaningful film and television. Includes a children’s section with a selection of videos which encourage social and emotional development, promote respect for community diversity and inspire creativity.

Gale Literature Resource Centre

Literature Resource Centre

An online literature database offering information about a broad range of authors and their works, as well as a collection of critical analysis. Very useful for Senior English and English Literature students.

Gale LitFinder


Provides access to literary works and authors, including full text poems, short stories, speeches and plays.

Gale Something About the Author

Something About the Author Online

This site provides access to all volumes ever printed in Gale’s Something About the Author series, which examines the lives and works of authors and illustrators for children and young adults.



An app that allows members to borrow bestselling eAudiobooks and eBooks on their Apple or Android devices for limited periods.



Children can borrow up to 4 eBooks at a time and read them on their tablet for 2 weeks.

Story Box Library

Story Box Library

Young children can watch and listen to stories read by a range of Australian storytellers.