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Australia / New Zealand Reference Centre

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information and Vaccine Rollout


National Construction Code (NCC) Online

The Law Handbook

Australian Competition & Consumer Commission

State Library of Victoria Research Guides

State Library of Victoria VCE Research Guides


World Digital Library

Cybersafety & Scams


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Australia / New Zealand Reference Centre

Australasian newspapers, magazines and newswires, many in full text. A great way to find quality information on current topics. More advanced searching and options than Explora.

Library card number required.

Go to Australia / New Zealand Reference Centre Plus.

ANZ Reference Centre users are now able to access content from their mobile devices with the same features and functionality available to them on desktop computers.


CHOICE magazines

Which smartphone or washing machine should you buy? Choice provides independent reviews, test results and advice.

Search Choice back to 1994 and view full text articles from since 2010 via  Australia / New Zealand Reference Centre Plus
Search Choice Computer back to 2014 and view full text articles for the past year via  Australia / New Zealand Reference Centre Plus

To search in ANZ Reference you can use this style of wording in the simple search box using the journal name:
 JN "Choice" AND washing machine     JN "Choice Computer" AND laptops 

We now subscribe to Choice and Computer Choice on Flipster.

National Construction Code (NCC) Online

To search the NCC Online, visit a branch library and ask a staff member to log you onto the NCC Online website.

Tip: Register for free online access.

Go to the National Construction Code now.

Library use only.

The Law Handbook

Need legal help? The Law Handbook by the Fitzroy Legal Service provides easy-to-understand legal information in one spot. A great place to start to solve your legal problems and to find free or low-cost legal advice in Victoria.

Go to the Law Handbook now.

Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC)

The ACCC is an independent statutory authority that promotes competition and fair trade in the market place to benefit consumers, business and the community. Download the ACCC Shopper app for handy access to your refund, warranty and lay-by rights – available for Android and iOS.

Go to the ACCC.


Want to make school work easier and do your best in essays and assignments? The State Library of Victoria comes to your rescue with step-by-step research and study guides, and resources aimed at Victorian students and their teachers.

Go to Ergo.

World Digital Library

A project by the US Library of Congress, carried out with support of the UN. The World Digital Library (WDL) makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from all countries and cultures.

The principal objectives of the WDL are to:

  • Promote international and intercultural understanding;
  • Expand the volume and variety of cultural content on the Internet;
  • Provide resources for educators, scholars, and general audiences;
  • Build capacity in partner institutions to narrow the digital divide within and between countries


Cybersafety & Scams


SCAMwatch is a website run by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC). SCAMwatch provides information to consumers and small businesses about how to recognise, avoid and report scams.

Go to SCAMWatch.

Other Cybersafety information.

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Last updated: 30 August 2021