Using eresources from home

Over the last few years, publishers have moved an increasing amount of material into digital formats. Available through your library, and including journals, databases, music and more, these digitised sources of information and entertainment are known as eresources.

Types of eresources

There are ebooks ranging from popular novels to nonfiction, encyclopaedias to textbooks, which you can read on your computer, tablet, phone and ereader.

There are magazines and newspapers from all over the world.

And there are also enormous collections of articles on just about every topic – art, music, law, history, fashion, social sciences, literature, government and politics, science and technology, humanities, to name just a few.

Accessing eresources

Published in popular and specialist magazines, academic and professional journals, university presses and commercial publishers, digitised articles are gathered together in huge databases, that you can search or browse.

Usually you have to pay to use these databases, but members of libraries can access most of them from home, for free.

Here at the State Library we subscribe to collections of journals, music, newspapers and ebooks, in many subject areas.

These article collections are an amazing source of information – from the latest medical research, to book reviews, to opinion and essays on just about anything.

Here's a video illustrating some of the things you can find, and how to find them.


So, if you need information on how children learn to read, statistics on the abalone industry in Victoria, the history of WWI or references for that tricky assignment – or you just want to catch up with the latest issue of Vogue – log into your library and search their eresources. You'll be surprised at what you might find.

Things to remember
  • Library membership gives you free access to ebooks and journals
  • You can also read magazines and newspapers online

Now we'll look at Google's specialised services.


Last modified: Wednesday, 14 September 2016, 10:58 AM