Research Tools

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Research tools useful for students and general information including consumer advice.



Let your research take flight with Explora, the place to find information on thousands of topics covering a wide range of subjects, such as art and music, health, literature, geography, language arts, history, social studies, world cultures, science and technology, engineering, mathematics and languages.

Go to Explora

EBSCO provide a range of tutorials. Try Explora for Primary School Users Tutorial.

Australia / New Zealand Reference Centre Plus

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.



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 Magazine

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


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   


You can also access Choice Magazine on Flipster.


National Construction Code (NCC) Online

To search the NCC Online register for free online access.



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.


Australian Competition and 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.


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 and 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.


Other Cybersafety information.

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