Research Databases

The eLibrary provides access to a range of online subscription databases, plus a selection of useful and authoritative web sites. It also provides you with access to newspaper and journal articles.

Many of the databases are available from home and you can use your library card number to log in. Others are only available from specific Central Coast Library branches.

Library Databases

Databases available at home 

Databases only available in the library

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Databases available at home

State Library of NSW

Library Cards

Register your Central Coast Library Card with the State Library NSW
You can use your current Central Coast Library Service card to register for State Library membership. Once registered, you can use it to log into State Library NSW eResources.

Get a State Library NSW Member Card
NSW residents can sign up for a Library card online and access an extensive range of eresources and ebooks, including online access from anywhere - and it's free to join.

Services available through the State Library of NSW

Drug Info
Find up-to-date information about alcohol and drugs in public libraries and online.  Drug Info is a joint initiative of NSW Health and the State Library of New South Wales.

Family History
Want to know more about your ancestry? The State Library can help you research and uncover information about your family

Find Legal Answers
Find Legal Answers provides free access to legal information online and in NSW public libraries. This service is co-ordinated by staff of the Legal Information Access Centre (LIAC).

HSC Support
Access programs and resources including online research guides, study guides and award-winning Personal Interest Projects.

Learning Services
Find high quality learning programs and resources for K-12 students and teachers, kids and families, lifelong learners and students of the Library and Information profession

Indigenous Engagement
The State Library connects with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to share and celebrate stories of Indigenous Australia and help to locate them in the Library's collections. It's also where you can get advice on Indigenous matters and protocols related to the collection.  

Multilingual Services
Books, magazines, newspapers, dictionaries and websites to read in various languages.


Gale in Context: Biography
A database of biographical information on the world’s most influential people, Biography is built on a foundation of more than 600,000 biographical entries covering international figures from all time periods and areas of study.  Users can browse to find people based on occupation, role, or historical period, or search based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender, as well as by keyword and full text.

Books and Literature

Access our wonderful range of free eBooks and eAudiobooks.

Fantastic Fiction
Discover new book titles, authors and lists of award winning reads.

Gale Literature Resource Centre
A comprehensive, reliable online literature resource, offering the broadest and most representative range of authors and their works, including a deep collection of full-text critical and literary analysis for literary studies. 

Gale Literature: Books and Authors
Discover your next great read with Gale Books and Authors!  This database contains book recommendations, reviews, author biographies and much more. 


Gale Business Plan Builder
A step-by-step online planning tool for starting, managing and optimizing a business or non-profit. The program’s intuitive dashboard walks users through five areas of exploration to develop a business plan focused on long-term success.

Gale Business Entrepreneurship
A comprehensive database that covers all aspects of starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax, and more

Computer skills

Tech Savvy Seniors
View Tech Savvy Seniors videos in different languages. Subjects include introduction to smartphones, smartphone apps and Zoom. Tech Savvy Seniors in NSW is funded by the NSW Government, and is a digital literacy training program designed to help seniors develop the skills and confidence to get connected and participate in the online world.

GCF Learn Free online technology training
Intimidated by computers? New to email or the web? Want to stay safe online or understand how your operating system works? Learn all of this and more.  

Encyclopaedia and General Knowledge

Britannica Library
Provides access to the full Encyclopaedia.


Gale in Context: Environmental Studies
From climate change to automobile emissions, today’s environmental issues determine the destiny of tomorrow’s world. Gale in Context: Environmental Studies provides users with comprehensive information, empowering learners to critically analyse and understand important topics that affect people around the world. Explore topics and events within Earth systems, global change, pollution, populations, and more.

Food and cooking

Gale OneFile: Culinary Arts
Find a variety of information from major cooking and nutrition magazines as well as key reference titles.

Geography and the Environment

Central Coast Waterways, Love our Living Lakes
Find information on local environmental issues.

State of the Environment
A report on all aspects of the Australian environment and includes sections on atmosphere, biodiversity, coasts and oceans, human settlements, inland waters, land, and natural and cultural heritage. This free website can be accessed anywhere.


Better Health Channel
Looking for up to date health information? This site is produced by the Department of Health & Human Services, State Government of Victoria.

Drug info at your library
Information on drugs and alcohol provided by the State Library of NSW.

Gale Health and Wellness Resource Centre
Find accurate, up-to-date information on health and medicine.  Gale Health and Wellness offers 24/7 access to full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia, and much more. Perfect for researchers at all levels, this comprehensive consumer health resource provides authoritative information on the full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to in-depth coverage of alternative medical practices.

MSD Manual
Thousands of topics in all medical fields, including photos, videos and animations.


Central Coast Memories
Central Coast memories - part of the Central Coast Council Library Service's local history collection.

Gale in Context: World History
Gale in Context: World History reaches back to the ancient world—and forward to today's headlines—to deliver a chronicle of the people, cultures, events, and societies that have formed the history of the human race. A range of topics such as Aztecs, Industrial Revolution, Silk Road, the Buddha, Space Race, and more provide a wide perspective across the globe.

Home Improvement

Gale OneFile: Home Improvement
Search home improvement topics such as architectural techniques, tool and material selection, and more.

Hospitality and Tourism

Gale OneFile: Hospitality and Tourism    
Discover well-rounded coverage of both the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism industries.

Issues in Society

Gale in Context: Global Issues
Integrating news, global viewpoints, reference materials, country information, primary source documents, videos, statistics, and more, Global Issues is updated daily and offers 250 country pages and more than 400 issue pages. Exclusive to Global Issues, more than 6,000 viewpoint commentaries provide background and guidance on significant topics like Food Security, Genocide, Human Rights, Extreme Weather, and more.

Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints
Gale in Context: Opposing Viewpoints is the premier online resource covering today's hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration to marijuana. This cross-curricular resource supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Informed, differing views help learners develop critical-thinking skills and draw their own conclusions.

Legal Information

Find Legal Answers
Provides legal information on a wide range of topics compiled by the State Library of New South Wales.

The Australasian Legal Information Institute (AUSTLII)
The Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII) provides free internet access to Australasian legal materials including primary legal materials (legislation, treaties and decisions of courts and tribunals) and secondary legal materials created by public bodies for purposes of public access (law reform and royal commission reports for example). This free website can be accessed anywhere.

Federal Register of Legislation
The Federal Register of Legislation is the approved, whole-of-government website for Australian Government legislation and related documents. This free website can be accessed anywhere.

Hot Topics
A series of legal books in plain language about current issues in the law.

The Law Handbook
A practical guide to the Law in NSW. This free website can be accessed anywhere.

NSW Case Law
This free website can be accessed anywhere.

NSW Legislation
NSW Acts and Regulations. This free website can be accessed anywhere.

Library and Information Science

Gale OneFile: Information Science
Access articles covering all aspects of managing and maintaining information and technology.

Motor Manuals

Haynes Motor Manuals 
‘Haynes Manuals AllAccess’ is a library of manuals covering a vast range of car and motorcycle makes and models, with up-to-date content including common repairs, routine maintenance and servicing procedures.

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Newspapers and Magazines

Gale OneFile: News
Gale OneFile: News provides access to more than 2,300 major world newspapers (493 Australian Newspapers), and includes thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts.

Gale General OneFile
Access general interest magazines and key serials in a single resource. Great for general research!

Gale OneFile also includes these featured collections:

National Geographic Virtual Library
National Geographic Virtual Library offers access to the complete archive of National Geographic magazine — every page of every issue — along with a cross-searchable collection of books, maps, images, and videos.

NewsBank Access Australia
Access Australia is the largest collection of Australian news sources available to libraries, with full-text news articles from more than 660 titles from all six states and two territories.  Access Australia includes content from the most popular daily, weekly and Sunday newspapers as well as hard-to-find community and regional news.

Historic newspapers digitised by the National Library of Australia.


Gale Interactive Science
Dive deep into science concepts with Gale Interactive, a visual tool that helps instructors teach complex topics in biology, chemistry, human anatomy, and earth/space science. Interactive tools allow users to zoom, rotate, and explore 3D models to engage with science beyond static text.

Gale in Context: Science
Gale in Context: Science is an engaging resource that provides contextual information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics. Drawing students in with captivating subject matter, Science showcases how scientific disciplines relate to real-world issues ranging from bacteria to obesity and weather.

Integrating millions of full-text articles that include national and global publications, 200+ science experiments, 300+ interactive simulations, other multimedia, and top reference content, Science is updated daily and offers over 600 pages on topics across the curriculum, covering biology, chemistry, earth and environmental science, physics, and more.

Databases only available in the library

Books and Reading

‘The Source’ by Magpies
Australia’s online subject guide to children’s literature: books, short stories, literature and poetry.

Consumer Advice

Choice Magazine
Provides member access to full text, premium articles from Choice - the consumer magazine. Please ask staff for assistance with logging in.

Family History

British Newspaper Archive
The British Newspaper Archive is a partnership between the British Library and findmypast to digitise up to 40 million newspaper pages from the British Library's vast collection over a 10 year period.

It currently comprises over 33 million pages dating between 1703 and 2003. It includes stories, photos, family notices, letters and advertisements. Newspapers from the British Library’s vast collection are scanned daily, producing digital copies that can be searched for by keyword, name, location, date or title.

Find My Past
Find My Past is a family history website containing millions of historical records covering Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Ireland, United States, Canada, Papua New Guinea and the Pacific Islands.  Records include Births, deaths & marriages, Census records, Cemetery records, Probate, land & court records, Military records, Migration records and more.

Ancestry (Library edition)
Ancestry is one of the most important genealogical collections available today. It has unparalleled coverage of the United States and the United Kingdom, including census, vital, church, court, and immigration records, as well as record collections from Canada, Europe, Australia and other areas of the world! The Library edition is available for use at Tuggerah and Gosford Libraries.

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Last updated : Wed 18 May 2022