Science & Technology
Online "premium" databases you can access for free with your library card. Not a member? Join online
Science in Context
Science content for high school and university students, teachers and researchers. Merges reference content with videos, audio, podcasts and images.
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.
Oxford Reference Online: Science
Oxford Reference Online provides access to works from one of the world's biggest reference publishers into a single cross-searchable resource - science content includes A Dictionary of Chemistry, A Dictionary of Biology, A Dictionary of Physics, The Oxford Companion to the Earth, The Oxford Companion to the History of Modern Science and others.
ProQuest Research Library: Science & Technology
This database provides an collection of scientific journals in full text and image formats. Publications include a wide range of topics from both the physical and life science disciplines. Subjects covered include agriculture, biology chemistry, environmental science, materials science, computing and engineering.
Access to the Lynda.com video library of courses and tutorials on software, technology, creative and business skills designed and taught by recognized industry experts.
It's also possible to use the Lynda.com app for Android and iOS (in addition to the browser version) to download tutorials to watch offline. You can find information on how to set up the app with your library login on our eLibrary Help pages
NZ Geographic has been celebrating our people, places, wildlife and environment for two decades. Its archives hold more than 600 in-depth features about our country, natural history and culture. You can now use your library card to gain access to all these features online, seeing the magazine with the same layout on the screen as it has in print. You can either read the latest issue, browse previous issues by clicking on covers or search the archive using keywords.
Computer Database provides access to leading business and technical publications in the computer, telecommunications, and electronics industries. The database includes computer-related product introductions, news and reviews in areas such as hardware, software, electronics, engineering, communications, and the application of technology.
Small Engine Repair Reference Centre
This database contains more than 400 full text repair manuals for a wide range of small engines including motorcycles, farm tractors, outdoor power tools and mowers, jet skis, boat motors, etc. There is often over 25 years of an engine model. Provides assistance for routine maintenance, such as tune-ups and brake service, as well as extensive repairs involving engine and transmission disassembly.
Designed specifically for public libraries, this huge database provides full text for thousands of periodicals covering a range of subjects including general science. In addition to the full text, it provides indexing and abstracts for thousands of other titles. This database also features full text primary source documents and an image collection of photos, maps and flags.
Other useful sites
These are sites that don't require a login (freely available online sites), that you may also find useful:
Index New Zealand
Index New Zealand is a searchable database that contains abstracts and descriptions of articles from about 1000 New Zealand periodicals and newspapers published from the 1950s to the present day. The periodicals range from academic research journals to magazines. Around 3000 new records are added monthly from 460 current titles.
Although INNZ doesn't have the full text of articles, it indexes a huge number of New Zealand magazines, newspapers and journals, and can be hugely useful for finding articles on your area of interest from magazines and newspapers we hold in physical form in the library.
When you find an article you want to view, check to see if we hold the publication in our catalogue, and then either come in to view it, or reserve your copy to pick up at your preferred branch (a $2 charge applies). Issues of magazines older than 2 years are generally held in the periodicals 'stack' on the 2nd floor of the Central Library -- ask at the desk to view.
Comprehensive coverage of titles extends from 1987 onwards. Many New Zealand titles have also been retrospectively indexed.
Use INNZ to find New Zealand science articles (try an initial advanced search with a subject of 'Science') or magazine and newspaper profiles of scientists.
Dictionary of New Zealand Biography (Te Ara)
This website contains over 3,000 biographies of New Zealanders who have 'made their mark' on this country. It does not include people who are alive. As well as searching by name, the 'word search' locates scientists with keywords such as 'astronomer', 'botanist', 'seismologist' and 'geologist'. The site includes the collected biographies originally published in the printed Dictionary of New Zealand Biography series between 1990 and 2000.
NZ Edge - Legends
"Featuring 40+ definitive short biographies of New Zealanders who have changed or benefitted the world in some way. Working from New Zealand and internationally, these scientists, artists, designers, inventors, warriors, and adventurers are inspiration for achievement."
This website is a global science gateway that enables you to search across over 40 scientific databases and portals from more than 50 countries. Not all results returned will be in full text. More science information resources will be added in the future.