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Library resources

This page contains a number of resources suitable for librarians (and teachers) under the following headings.

Libraries |  Library resources |  Reference resources |  Book-related sites


Library resources

  • Any Questions
    Online librarians help students, in real time, find and use quality internet sources for their homework, while building their search and information skills.
  • Create Readers
    This New Zealand blog reviews and promote children's and YA literature (especially New Zealand), events, literacy research, and ways to get, and keep, kids reading.
  • EPIC
    Provides access to an extensive range of quality databases holding millions of electronic resources (covering all aspects of the curriculum from literature to science to Encyclopedia Britannica Online). EPIC is available for use by teachers and students from all parts of New Zealand.
  • PapersPast
    Papers Past contains more than one million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals from 1839 to 1920. It includes publications from all regions of New Zealand.
  • The Researching Librarian
    Web resources for librarians doing research. Although American in focus, NZ librarians will still find it useful.
  • Joyce Valenza’s Neverending Search
    A blog for librarians and other educators that focuses on emerging technologies, searching, and information fluency.
  • School Library Association of New Zealand (SLANZA)
    The School Library Association of New Zealand Aotearoa (SLANZA) supports teaching and learning by providing a national voice for school libraries throughout New Zealand and representing all school library staff.

Reference resources

  • Acronym Finder
    Contains over 60,000 acronyms. Results can be sorted alphabetically and by category filters. Also provides an extensive definition of a word and a link through to The Free dictionary.
  • Encyberpedia
    An annotated listing of subject-oriented encyclopaedias available on the Web.
  • New Zealand Electronic Text Centre
    The New Zealand Electronic Text Centre is a free online archive of New Zealand and Pacific Islands texts and heritage materials, offering an ever expanding, fully searchable, set of images and full-text books, manuscripts and journals.
  • NZ History Online
    The site features information and resources from within the History Group of the Ministry for Culture and Heritage, Wellington, New Zealand. Three broad categories showcase themes in New Zealand history: Culture and society, Politics and government and War and society.
  • Te Ara
    Te Ara is a comprehensive, free multimedia online Encyclopedia of New Zealand produced by the Ministry of Culture and Heritage. When complete, it will be a comprehensive guide to the country’s peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy, institutions and society.
  • Your Dictionary.com
    A comprehensive online dictionary that includes: definition, idioms, synonyms, usage examples, and quotes.
  • Wikipedia
    Wikipedia is a popular collaboratively edited web site encyclopedia. Articles provide links to guide the user to related pages with additional information. While an excellent place to begin research, the quality and accuracy of information may vary from article to article.

Book-related sites

  • 100 Picture Books Everyone Should Know
    Annotated list (with book covers) of 100 popular picture books from the New York Public Library.
  • Google Books
    Lets you read, rate, review or preview historical and contemporary books that have been digitised by Google.
  • International Children's Digital Library
    Presents an online collection books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary picture books from throughout the world.
  • LibraryThing
    Developed for book lovers. LibraryThing lets you catalog your books online, connect with people who have similar reading tastes, and rate and review books.
  • Read NZ Te Pou Muramura
    Helps grow generations of readers by advocating for reading in Aotearoa New Zealand and delivering programmes that incentivise reading and writing in schools and communities.
  • Sofa Adventures: Reading Suggestions for Kids, Tweens, and Teens –a list of book choices for kids of all ages.
  • Stone Soup
    The only magazine made up entirely of the creative work of children. Young people ages 8 to 13 around the world have contributed stories, poems, book reviews, and artwork to Stone Soup since 1973.
  • Storylines
    Promotes and provides information on children’s literature in New Zealand including awards, news, Storylines Festival and the International Children’s Book day.

Published on: 27 May 2016