Alphabetical list of quality subscribed and freely accessible databases available at IPU New Zealand. These contain a mixture of citation, abstracting and full text material.

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Search across 11,749 titles and play 85,887 video segments from top educational producers. 







Date coverage: 1980 – present 
Updated: Daily
Academic OneFile contains millions of peer-reviewed, full text articles from the world's leading periodicals and reference sources. Find scholarly information in the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects.
Date coverage: 1979 to present, some printed works as far back as the 15th century
Updated: Daily
AGRICultural OnLine Access is the catalogue and index to the collections of the National Agricultural Library (United States Department of Agriculture), as well as a primary public source for world-wide access to agricultural information. The database covers materials in all formats including 3,600,000+ citations to periodical articles, monographs, theses, patents, software, audio-visual materials, and technical reports.


This collection provides broad coverage of agriculture and related fields, from practical aspects to cutting edge scientific research. Enjoy full text access to nearly 200 current and authoritative titles, from farming to horticulture.   


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This database includes indexing, abstracts and full text of leading Australasian periodicals, newspapers, newswires and reference works. In addition, you can search and view full text biographies and a large collection of photos, maps and flags. Please note: Content is not limited to Oceania alone.   





A Bills Digest is a guide written to assist members of Parliament when they consider a bill. Bills Digests are published here in pdf form.


This database integrates biographies with full text articles from hundreds of magazines and newspapers, as well as tens of thousands of images and links to vetted websites. Search for people from today and the past in all fields of endeavour.



Books & Authors is the database to help you choose your next read. Explore the possibilities and combinations of books, authors, genres and topics. Combining over 140,000 titles, 50,000 authors, and thousands of read-alike, award winner and librarian's favourites lists, Books & Authors helps bring readers and literature together.



Date coverage: 1980 – present
Provides access to information on companies, markets and industries - from market trends, mergers and acquisitions to current management theory and company overviews. Access images and full text from business and trade periodicals, newspapers and company directory profiles.



This collection provides academic periodicals and general interest magazines with a focus on economics. With access to more than 150 full-text periodicals, Business Economics and Theory is useful for students and staff undertaking economics and/or business studies.



Date coverage: 1886 – present


A leading business database of scholarly full text and bibliographic content, it also includes cited referencing for over 1,300 titles. Indexing and abstracting is available for important scholarly journals as far back as 1886. Topics covered include marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics. Additional full text, non-journal content includes financial data, books, monographs, major reference works, book digests, conference proceedings, case studies, investment research reports, industry reports, market research reports, country reports, company profiles, SWOT analyses and more.







This database provides current and accurate information from more than 100 periodicals focused on all aspects of the communications field. Key subject areas include: advertising and public relations, literature, writing and linguistics.



Date coverage: 1980 – present
Use this database to keep abreast of the ever evolving world of technology. Access periodicals, news and reviews, on computer hardware, software, electronics, engineering, telecommunications and technology applications.



Use Contemporary Women’s Issues to access a huge range of full text articles and reports on women's issues from professional periodicals, popular magazines and newspapers. Over 150 subject areas indexed.



With an emphasis on the United States, this database provides full text access to over 150 periodicals in the area of criminal justice. Aimed at students studying to become a lawyer or law enforcement officer, paralegal, or those seeking a career in national security services.






Discovering Collection offers access to reference works, primary sources, creative works, and multimedia in the areas of history, literature, science, social studies, and more. Materials in the database are based on the national curriculum standards of the United Sates.






Provides access to three databases and the Electronic Periodicals Service (EJS). Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre not only has an Australasian focus, but good international coverage as well. Environment Complete is a valuable resource for degree and diploma students studying in the area of environment. MasterFILE Premier is a multidisciplinary database covering subjects of general interest, and, EJS E-Periodicals allows searching of thousands of e-periodicals at Table of Contents and abstract level.



This collection provides indexing and abstracts for more than 2,850 academic periodicals and includes full text for more than 1,800 journals, 550 books and monographs, education-related conference papers, citations for over 4 million articles including book reviews and over 100,000 controlled and cross-referenced names of educational tests. Coverage in Education Source spans all levels of education from early childhood to higher education and also includes educational specialties such as multilingual education, health education and testing. Subject matter includes Adult Education, Continuing Education, Distance Learning, Government Funding, Multicultural/Ethnic Education, Social Issues, Student Counselling, Vocational Education as well as many others. 



Date coverage: 1940s to present
Comprehensive environmental coverage in areas of agriculture, ecosystem ecology, energy, renewable energy sources, natural resources, marine & freshwater science, geography, pollution & waste management, environmental technology, environmental law, public policy, social impacts, urban planning, and more. Contains 1,957,000+ records from over 1,820 titles, including 120 books. Full text available for approximately 680 periodicals.



A database of nearly 200 periodicals providing coverage in the field of environmental issues and policy. Access content from multiple viewpoints, including perspectives from the scientific community, governmental policy makers, and corporate interests.



Date coverage: 1966 to present
Updated: Twice weekly
ERIC provides access to more than 1.2 million bibliographic records in the area of education. If available, links to free full text are included. Within the ERIC Collection, you will find records for: periodical articles, books, research syntheses, conference papers, technical reports, policy papers and other education-related materials.



Date coverage: 1980 – present
A multidisciplinary database with content from the arts and humanities, social sciences, and science and technology. Access scholarly periodicals, popular magazines, and newspapers - many with full text and images.






This search facility enables users to look for New Zealand periodical and newspaper articles across a number New Zealand libraries and institutions.



A collection of over 100 full-text magazines and periodicals supporting research in the areas of drama, music, art history, and filmmaking. 






A suite of full text, cross-searchable databases from Gale. Select one, or multiple databases, to search and access resources in the areas of history, literature, education, law, science, technology, communications, arts, health, politics, business, economics, agriculture, environment, geography, psychology, music, hospitality, tourism, sports, leisure and biographies. Database records contain Lexile reading levels and some databases also include content levels ranging from ‘basic’ to ‘advanced.’



Gale Virtual Reference Library is a 24/7 database of encyclopedias and specialised reference sources for multidisciplinary research - a ‘virtual’ reference shelf at your fingertips.



Date coverage: 1980 to present Follow and analyse the latest trends in management, economics and politics by accessing a combination of broker research reports, trade publications, newspapers, periodicals and company directory listings with full text and images available.  



Date coverage: 1980 to present
Updated: Daily
A one-stop shop for news and periodical articles on a wide range of topics: business, computers, current events, economics, education, environmental issues, health care, hobbies, humanities, law, literature and art, politics, science, social science, sports, technology, and many more. Millions of full-text articles available, many with images.



Date coverage: 1980 – present
A general interest reference database that draws on a variety of sources - newspapers, reference books, magazines, and trade publications. Topics include: current events, popular culture, business and industry trends, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more.



Date coverage: 1900 – present 
Updated: continuously
Access full text reference works, articles, primary source material, statistical information and multimedia on global issues. International viewpoints available on a wide spectrum of social, political, military, economic, environmental, health and cultural topics and current events. Browse or search specific topics or access country portals.



Google Scholar is a database of scholarly literature from many disciplines and sources. Materials include: peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles. Try the “Advanced Scholar Search” feature to make the most of your searching experience. Take advantage of the “Cited by” and “Related articles” links to expand your results. Some full text freely available. 






Date coverage: 1980 to present


This full text database provides answers to health and medical questions from a huge range of over 2,900 health/medical sources including periodicals, general interest magazines, fact sheets, pamphlets and video recordings. Topics covered include mainstream and alternative medicines, nutrition, diet, fitness and disease. It also includes an online medical encyclopedia and links to relevant websites. Please note: Material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only.


Date coverage: 1980 – present


An award winning database, Health Reference Center, is a multi-source database providing access to full text of nursing and health periodicals, plus a wide variety of personal health information sources. Please note: The material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only.


This database provides coverage of both historical and current information in the hospitality and tourism field. It allows investigation into specialised areas of the industry - including cultural aspects of travel, leisure activities, economic aspects of tourism, and more. Access current and relevant content from over 500 industry periodicals.







Date coverage: 1980 – present
LegalTrac® indexes over 1,400 highly regarded legal publications including major law reviews, legal newspapers, bar association periodicals and international legal periodicals. Inclusion in the database is subject to selection criteria provided by a special advisory committee of the American Association of Law Libraries. LegalTrac® also contains law-related articles from 1,000+ additional business and general interest titles.



Search by author, character, title or keyword(s) to find biographies, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 past and current writers. Includes popular and classic literary works and is supplemented by the scholarly materials of the Scribner Writers Series and Twayne's World, US, and English Authors Series.






Date coverage: 1975 to present
MasterFILE Premier provides coverage in the areas of: general reference, business, health, education, general science, multicultural issues and much more. In addition to indexing and abstracting more than 2,650 titles and containing an image collection of over 440,000 photos, maps and flags; full text is available for nearly 1,750 periodicals, 5,000 book reviews, 500 reference books, over 86,000 biographies and 105,750 primary source documents.






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A searchable list of publications held in New Zealand libraries.


This website provides access to a comprehensive range of material on refugee law in New Zealand and includes a link to leading law decisions from other countries. Access full-text decisions of the New Zealand High Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court on refugee issues. Leading decisions of the New Zealand Refugee Status Appeals Authority (RSAA), prior to it being replaced by the Immigration and Protection Tribunal from 29 November 2010, are also available.




A database for nursing students and professionals. Including nearly 400 titles, this collection's current and authoritative content, ranges from direct patient care to health care administration.



Search an index of over 12,750 open access research documents from universities, polytechnics and other New Zealand research institutions. Links to full text are provided.






The Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center is a useful database for exploring today's hottest and most controversial social issues. It provides authoritative information from multiple viewpoints on topics ranging from abortion to pollution to war crimes. Access articles from newspapers, magazines and periodicals, as well as topic overviews, primary source documents, statistics, images, podcasts and links to websites.





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A Bills Digest is a guide written to assist members of Parliament when they consider a bill. Bills Digests are published here in pdf form.


A comprehensive multidisciplinary database and general reference resource. It includes access to over 11,500 publications with more than 8,500 available in full text. Compiled from 25 of ProQuest’s premier databases in over 160 subject areas, coverage includes: business, economics, current affairs, literature, geography, medicine, health, environment, library and information sciences, religion, education, careers, computing, and many other science and social science resources. Access periodicals, magazines, newspapers, newsletters, newswires, reports, dissertations and working papers.



The human mind from birth to death. This collection contains 200 full text periodicals on the study of the mind - its development, diminishment, and emotions throughout.



Search this database for information about published items with a strong New Zealand connection, i.e. from or about New Zealand, or produced by New Zealanders. Access records on a range of materials from books to music to maps to films.



Date coverage: 1950 to present


PubMed provides access to citations from over 5,200 life sciences periodicals with an emphasis on biomedical literature. The largest component of the collection is MEDLINE, which includes some ‘out-of-scope’ indexing in the general science disciplines. Some full text available, as well as links to related web resources.





Date coverage: July 1994 to present


B&I is a business information database of international scope. Drawing content from over 1,800 authoritative business publications, it focuses on facts, figures, events and market information about companies, industries, products and markets. Good full text coverage.


The BaMP database focuses on practical approaches to management using real-life business processes and methods, case studies, and "how-to" guidelines. Access more than 300 current periodicals in the areas of management; and a further 1,000+ newspapers and general business publications. Good full text coverage.



Updated: Daily
RDS Business Suite is a collection of three business information databases - Business & Industry (B&I), Business & Management Practices (BaMP), and TableBase. The interface allows you to search each database individually or two or three databases simultaneously. Very useful for an overview of a company or a particular area of business, as content from each database is complementary. For example, searching B&I and TableBase together, produces results which include the textual content from B&I supported by the tabular content of TableBase. Over 75% subscribed full text available.



RDS TableBase is a database of business information presented in tabular format from over 90 industries worldwide. Drawn from premier business publications, the tables include information such as: market and healthcare statistics, product and brand rankings, sales figures, and demographics. TableBase also contains historical data from statistical annuals, brokerage reports, trade association reports, and governmental reports.






Find information on today's most significant science topics. Includes magazines, academic journals, reference works, news articles, experiments, images, audio files, video, and links to reputable websites.



Designed especially for college students, this database contains a premium selection of reference works, periodicals (over 700 full text), newspapers, primary sources documents, creative works, and multimedia (including hours of video and audio clips.)  







Access to Waitangi Tribunal Reports - browse, or search full text.  


From Latin America to the Far East and from Ancient Civilisations to the Renaissance, this database is a comprehensive collection of award-winning sources towards the study of world history. Explore reference works, full text articles from leading scholarly publications, and an array of primary sources, images, maps and charts. Contains over 1,800 primary sources, 27+ reference titles and more than 110 periodicals.