Free Courses: Courses to get you started online

Branching out September - October 2022

This expertly curated online course guides you through the process of family history research. Short activities and case studies offer practical examples to explore, and we provide ongoing support in a friendly forum environment.

Branching out introduces a rich array of resources for family historians, from genealogy databases to the State Library's online and physical resources. Improve your online skills, and learn helpful tips and tricks you can use for any research task.

Branching out is a public course that requires registration. You must log in to access this course. For more information, email

Get online

This self-paced course is designed to help you understand basic concepts and tools so you can use the internet with confidence.

From browsers to search engines, bookmarks to email, our user-friendly course introduces newcomers to the web using simple to understand language and easy steps.

You'll also learn about shopping online safely and using social media such as Facebook.

Search skills

This self-paced course is for everyone who wants to improve their online search skills. Whatever the information you're seeking - from family history to a research project, restaurant reviews to health advice - we'll show you how to retrieve the most effective, reliable search results.

We'll look at using keywords and search operators, how to identify bias and ways to quickly make sense of your search results.

The course also introduces you to the range of information resources held by libraries, both online and on the shelves.

Unlock collections

This self-paced course is designed to help researchers of all levels find information and collections in different organisations.

We'll explore the different collecting organisations and the types of information they collect.

We'll also show you how to search for collections online and how to access research databases.