A database allows you to search for material in journal​s, magazines, ebooks and other online resources. It's great for assignments and gives you information that you might not find in a Google search.

The Epic databases are on the front page when you open a browser window on the school Chromebooks and IMacs. You can sign in from home, just ask the librarians for the password.

Once you open Epic, check to see which database looks most useful. Pick a database that suits your topic. Here are a few examples....

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Books and Authors - look for books by genre, author, age group, period or theme.
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Global Issues in Context - viewpoints on a wide range of global issues, topics, and current events.
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Global Reference on the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources - Information on the physical, social and economic aspects of environmental issues.
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Treaty of Waitangi Collection - An e-book collection providing access to works on the Treaty of Waitangi.
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New Zealand Geographic online - The entire archive of the New Zealand Geographic magazine dating back to 1989!
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Britannica School - The online version of the Encyclopaedia Britannica.
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Explora is an straight-forward way to access a lot of information!

Quick tips
  • Make sure you spell the word you're looking for correctly, it might not correct your spelling in the way Google does.
  • Often there are options to search newspapers/articles/magazines/books, try them out to see what comes up.
  • Click on "full text" for the whole article.
  • Some databases will suggest you sign in with Google (in the bar near the top of the page), this allows you to download documents straight to your Google Drive.
  • Play around highlighting text and right clicking for highlighter and note options. It's handy to write why you saved the article!
  • The databases usually have a quick referencing "cite" tool. Click on it to get the APA referencing to copy into your bibliography, it does all the hard work for you!

Useful sites

Using And & Or & Not in databases
Don't Let Database Searching Stress You Out a useful guide

Please, come and ask the librarians for help with the databases and searching tips, we are here to help!