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Dictionary of New Zealand Biography

This website contains over 3,000 biographies of past New Zealanders who have 'made their mark' on this country.

Encyclopaedia Britannica

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online offers over 73,000 encyclopaedia articles, along with a world atlas, an online dictionary and thesaurus, articles and news headlines

Oxford Art Online

Encyclopaedia-style articles on the visual arts, including more than 21,000 biographies of artists and craftsmen, and over 5,000 searchable art images, drawings and maps. Content covers painting, sculpture, graphic arts, architecture, photography and more

Oxford English Dictionary

The OED is the definitive record of the English language, featuring 600000 words, 3 million quotations, and over 1000 years of English

Oxford Reference Online

Provides access to works from one of the world's biggest reference publishers in a single cross-searchable resource. Content includes English and bilingual dictionaries, thesauruses, and dictionaries of quotations, religion, folklore and mythology. The Oxford companions to Shakespeare and American and English literature are also available

Science Reference Center

Science resource suitable for all ages that covers all areas of science, and also includes biographical articles on famous scientists. Full text articles from all major areas of scientific study; biographies; video resources and experiments

Te Aka - Māori Dictionary Project

Search the Maori dictionary with the online version of Te Aka Maori-English, English-Maori Dictionary and Index. A comprehensive, online bilingual dictionary that includes encyclopaedic entries, idioms and grammatical explanations.

Te Ara: the Encyclopedia of New Zealand

In Māori, Te Ara means 'the pathway'. Through interlinking text and image trails, the Encyclopedia takes you on a journey of discovery. The site also includes New Zealand's last official encyclopedia from 1966. It is published here in full, with all the original drawings, maps and photographs