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Biography In Context (Gale)

This database contains biographical information on more than 185,000 people including artists and musicians from throughout history, around the world, and across all subject areas

CIA World Factbook

Produced by the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency of the United States), this site provides data on every country's geography, people, government, economy, communications, military etc. The one page fact summaries for every country are especially useful.

Dictionary of New Zealand Biography

This website contains over 3,000 biographies of past New Zealanders who have 'made their mark' on this country. Entries are posthumous only - there are no entries for still living prominent New Zealanders.

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

Global Issues in Context (Gale)

Balanced information on crucial international issues and news headlines. Has a useful Countries index with facts and figures, as well as in depth overviews of countries.

Index New Zealand

An index of abstracts and descriptions of articles in New Zealand publications over the last 30 years to the present in English, and from September 2007 in te reo Māori. 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 in your area of interest.

Literature Resource Center (Gale)

A comprehensive online literary site with information on many literary topics, authors and their works

National Geographic Magazine Archive, 1888-2015 (Gale)

Search articles and legendary photos from this historical archive, covering more than a hundred years of National Geographic magazine. Includes coverage of global events, nature, science, technology, and the environment.

New Zealand History

Information and resources from the Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Three broad categories showcase themes in New Zealand history: culture and society, politics and government and New Zealand at war.

Includes information about political milestones, protest and reform, the Treaty of Waitangi, Māori leadership, Heads of State, Parliament and the people, the work of government, and New Zealand in the world

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 Music Online

A music reference and research tool that charts the history and culture of music and musicians from around the world, from pre-history to the present day.

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