Journals, Encyclopedias and Research

Digital Resource of the month: BeConnected - Every Australian Online 

A website run by the Australian Government that teaches basic computer/tablet skills.

State Library of New South Wales eResources and eBooks

If you have a Fairfield City Open Libraries card you can register with the State Library of New South Wales for instant access to most of the Library's eResources. To register your card online enter your library card number in the box below Public library card number on the registration page.

If you have already registered with your public library card, please log in to access eResources.

To explore the State Library of NSW's new Multilingual Information and Services page - Online information and resources - click here

Digital Databases

Login to your library account to access the following digital resources.


  • Gale OneFile: Fine Arts
    Provides access to over 10 million articles on drama, art history, music, and filmmaking. More than 250 journals covered in Wilson Art Index, the RépertoireInternational de Littérature Musicale (RILM), and other databases are available in full text.


  • Gale In Context: Biography
    This database provides information on the world's most influential people. Searches are by year of birth or death, nationality, ethnicity, occupation or gender.

Books and Literature

  • Literature Resource Centre
    Literature Resource Centre is the most current, comprehensive and reliable online literature database offering the broadest and most representative range of authors and their works including a deep collection of full-text critical and literary analysis.
  • NoveList Plus
    Information on authors and their works as well as lists of award winners, book discussion guides, recommended reads and much more.


  • Australia New Zealand Reference Centre
    Australian and New Zealand journal and newspaper articles, newswires, reference book and company information on issues of current affairs, business, sports and many more.
  • Gale Business: Plan Builder
    A comprehensive digital resource that helps budding entrepreneurs and experienced small business owners plan, start or optimize a small business or nonprofit.
  • Gale OneFile: Communications and Mass Media
    From marketing professionals to students studying for degrees in linguistic theory, this collection provides current and accurate information from more than 100 journals focused on all aspects of the communications field. Key subjects covered include: advertising and public relations, literature and writing, linguistics, and many more.


  • Gale OneFile: Vocations and Careers
    Provides access to journals and magazines that aid users in researching a vocation, job searching, and maintaining a career.

  • Smart and Skilled 
    Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW Vocational Education and Training (VET) system. It's helping people in NSW get the skills they need to find a job and advance their careers.


  • Cultural Atlas
    Free online resource that provides comprehensive information on the cultural backgrounds of Australia’s biggest migrant populations. Content includes 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.
  • Fairfield City Community Profile
    Demographic analysis based on results from the Census for suburb-based community profiles. Results include population, age structure, ethnicity, ancestry, religion, income, qualifications, occupations, employment, unemployment, disability, disadvantage, volunteering, childcare, family structure, household structure, housing tenure, mortgage and rental payments, and the size and type of the dwellings people live in.

  • Arabic Collection Online
    Free online collection of titles for anyone interested in Arabic language works. Major contributors to this site include New York University, American University of Beirut, United Arab Emirates and Qatar National Library. 


  • ABC Learn English
    The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) provides a free suite of video courses and resources to help learn English and navigate life in Australia. 

  • A STAR
    A STAR is a website maintained by students and is full of things that are important to a student. Don't be afraid to get involved in the conversation! Have your work- essays, creative writing, photographic essays, film and videos published. If you're in high school, university, or an established writer or artist, Submit A Story and A STAR will pay you!
  • SchoolAtoZ - Practical Help for Parents
    Need Help with homework? Browse the maths and English A-Z lists, subject help sheets, assignment starters, tips and more to help you support your child's learning.
  • ABC World Culture
    Curious about the world? ABC World Culture has you covered. With ABC World Culture, information about world history, cultures, languages, foods, religions, and much more is just a click away. With 174 Country Guides covering more than 60 topics each, ABC World Culture offers a breadth and depth of content that is unmatched by any other single resource. What will you learn today?
  • ABC World Food
    The world's largest collection of international recipes and global food culture. With thousands of global recipes, hundreds of fascinating culture and ingredient articles, and essential culinary resources, ABC World Food brings international cuisines to you, from Albanian byrek to Zimbabwean matemba!
  • ABC Food America
    The world's largest database of American food, culture, and recipes. With thousands of recipes, hundreds of fascinating culture and ingredient articles, and essential culinary resources, Food America brings United States cuisines to you!
  • ABC The USA
    From sea to shining sea. The United States is one of the most geographically, culturally, and ethnically diverse countries in the world. It is also a young country with a rich history. ABC the USA brings this diversity and history to life in a beautiful-illustrated resource designed especially for libraries and schools.
  • ABC Maps Online
    The World's largest database of royal-free, downlaodable maps for academica use. Thousands of MODERN an ANTIQUE maps. World, Continent, Country and U.S. State maps.
  • ABC LingoLITE
    Language learning works best when the learner can associate everyday objects with seeing and hearing a native speaker say the objects' names. ABC LingoLITE replicates this technique by showing photos of everyday objects alongside a corresponding video for a native speaker.


Britannica Online
View or search the latest version of the code. Login required.

World Book Online
World Book for Kids, World Book Digital libraries - Living Green, Early Peoples, Inventions and Discoveries and World Book Classroom.


  • GreenFILE
    Information on a range of environmental issues.
  • Energy and the Environment
    Provides a comprehensive examination of the history, technology, science, environmental and social implications that are associated with the production of energy
  • Green Technology
    Provides an in-depth look at the Earth's increasing environmental problems and the new and current methods for repairing and restoring the environment

General Research

  • Academic Search Premier
    Full text journal articles on a wide range of topics covering biology, culture, engineering, religion, mathematics, science and many other fields of study
  • MasterFILE Complete
    Articles, reference books, primary source documents, images and maps covering a wide range of topics such as business, health, education, science, multicultural issues and much more


  • Consumer Health Complete
    A range of full text information on a wide range of health related topics for informational purposes only
  • Gale Health and Wellness
    Health & Wellness Resource Centre offers access to thousands of full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, and multimedia. This consumer health resource provides information on the full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices
  • Gale OneFile: Nursing and Allied Health
    Provides access to authoritative content supporting nursing professionals already working in the field, as well as students pursuing a nursing-focused curriculum
  • The Human Body: How It Works
    Investigates the systems and processes that have a role in keeping the human body working, from organ systems to cells


  • Ancient and Medieval History
    Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece, Rome, Africa and Asia as well as Medieval Africa, Europe, the Americas and Asia
  • History Reference Centre
    Featuring historical reference books, magazines, journals and thousands of primary source documents
  • Modern World History
    Hyperlinked subject entries, biographies, images, maps, primary source documents and timelines for world history from the mid 15th century


  • Hobbies and Crafts Reference Centre
    Offers detailed "how-to" instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast, including model building, needlecraft, papecraft, outdoor recreation and more



  • World Religion Online
    Explores religion and spirituality in an unbiased manner, from the ceremonies of the first practitioners to the rituals of today


  • Gale In Context: Science
    Curriculum oriented information on a range of science subjects - earth and life sciences, space, technology, mathematics, science history and biography

Social Issues

  • Points of View
    Full-text database that provides students with a series of essays presenting multiple sides of a current issues