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Search this extensive range of electronic resources for high quality online information available for CWL members. Direct access is available to most of these resources via the public computers in CWL branches. You will need a Central West Libraries membership card to log in to these titles from home or elsewhere.

From the 1st of July 2021, CWL offers a different range online resources. You can find these via the Gale Product Platform or search across a selection via this link .

Access to databases provided by EBSCO will not be available after June 30 2021.

Australia / NZ Reference Centre combines access to magazines, newspapers, newswires, reference books and company information covering Australian and New Zealand current events, business, sports and general interests.
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 Academic Search Premier with over 2,100 journals is a first point of call for students seeking high quality information in many fields of academic study. Coverage includes animal science, engineering, ethnic & multicultural studies, food science & technology, music and pharmaceutical studies.

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MasterFILE Complete covers business, health, education, general science and much more through access to nearly 1,700 periodicals, over 500 reference books, over 107,000 primary source documents and more than 510,000 photos, maps & flags in the Image Collection.
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Australia/New Zealand Points of View Reference Centre is designed to provide students with a series of essays that present multiple sides of a current issue. Each topic has an overview (objective background /description), point (argument) and counterpoint (opposing argument) as well as a Guide to Critical Analysis, which helps the reader to evaluate the controversial topics.
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Consumer Health Complete has high quality information on a diverse range of health topics including fitness, pregnancy, nutrition, diseases and occupational health and safety. It includes alternative or complementary as well as mainstream medical treatment information.
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GreenFILE offers a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the environment. It indexes scholarly and general interest titles covering a diversity of disciplines including, agriculture, education, law, health and technology.
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Science Reference Center is a comprehensive curriculum-based resource for research into scientific topics.
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History Reference Center is the world’s most extensive full-text history reference database designed for secondary schools, public libraries and undergraduate research. The database features full text for more than 1,990 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers. The database contains nearly 57,000 historical documents, more than 77,000 biographies of historical figures, more than 37,000 historical photos and maps, and more than 80 hours of historical video.

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Hobbies and Craft Reference Center offers detailed “how-to” instructions and creative ideas to meet the interests of virtually every hobby enthusiast. Full text is provided from leading hobby and craft magazines, including Bead & Button, Creative Knitting, FineScale Modeler, Quilter’s World and many more.

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AustLit is the key resource for information about Australian writers and writing from the 1780s to the present. In addition to critical articles and biographical information, it has specialist sections on children’s literature, indigenous writers, drama and popular theatre, multicultural writers and banned books.
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Literary Reference Center Plus  provides information on thousands of authors and their works. It has plot summaries, synopses, literary criticism, author biographies and interviews, book reviews and a selection of classic and contemporary poems, short stories and novels.
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NoveList Plus provides information on over 250,000 fiction nonfiction titles as well as book discussion guides, recommended reading, lists of award winners for adults and children.
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Who Else Writes Like guides the reader to other authors they would enjoy. It has an extensive range on genres and a huge list of international, popular and classic writers.
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Who Next Guide will help choose similar books and authors that children would enjoy. It helps to answer the questions “what do I read next?” or “who else writes like my favourite author?”  As well as searching by authors, you may select an age group from 7 to 14+ years, pick a theme or genre and see a range of children’s book award winning titles. While the emphasis is on UK writers, there are plenty of Australian and international authors included in the suggestions.

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eBook Public Library Subscription Collection has a collection of nearly 41,000 titles chosen specifically for public libraries. This general reference collection features fiction titles for both adults and children, as well as best-selling and highly-recommended titles from leading publishers. A wide range of subjects and topics are covered to meet various information needs, including self-help, health and fitness, games, crafts and hobbies, cooking, home economics, family life, religion and geography.  All titles are available with unlimited user access, and many are available for download for offline viewing.

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Britannica Online which includes the well-respected Encyclopaedia Britannica and the Intermediate edition specifically designed for upper primary and lower secondary school students.
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World Book Online has the expected range of articles, study tips and a collection of eBooks that can be read online.
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