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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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.



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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.

Biography in Context (GALE)

Biography In Context is an engaging online experience for those seeking contextual information on the world's most influential people. It merges Gale's authoritative reference content (including Lives & Perspectives) with periodicals and multimedia organized into a user-friendly portal experience while also allowing users to search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender as well as keyword and full text.


Books & Authors offers new ways to explore the endless 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 favorites lists, Books & Authors helps bring readers and literature together. Through the use of expertly written and arranged content and a dynamic, cutting edge user interface, Books & Authors makes exploration of genre fiction and essential non-fiction fun!


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.


Business Economics and Theory (GALE)

This collection provides access to academic journals and magazines focusing on topics in economics and related fields.. 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.


Business Source Complete (EBSCOhost)

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.


Computer Database (GALE)

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.


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.


Education Source (EBSCOhost)

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. 


Environment Complete (EBSCOhost)

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.


Environmental Studies and Policy Collection (GALE) 

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.


ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) (ERIC)

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.


Expanded Academic ASAP (GALE)

Expanded Academic ASAP provides access to scholarly journals, magazines, and newspapers across disciplines. The database meets research needs in subject areas including the arts and humanities, social sciences, and science and technology. 



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


Fine Arts and Music Collection (GALE) 

Fine Arts and Music Collection provides access to scholarly journals and magazines that support research in areas including drama, music, art history, and filmmaking. The database emphasizes full-text content for publications included in the Wilson Art Index and RILM bibliography. 




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.’


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.

Gale Virtual Reference Library (GALE)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.


General OneFile (GALE)

General OneFile is a one-stop source for news, magazine, and periodical articles across a wide range of general interest topics and academic disciplines. With millions of articles available full-text, General OneFile serves a wide audience of readers.


This database provides access to journals covering agriculture and its related fields. The database provides access to current and authoritative content that spans the industry -- from practical aspects of farming to cutting edge scientific research in horticulture.

General Reference Center Gold (GALE)

General Reference Center Gold provides access to magazines, newspapers, trade publications, and reference books through one easy interface. This general interest database offers the latest content covering current events, popular culture, business and industry trends, the arts and sciences, sports, hobbies, and more.



Global Issues In Context offers international viewpoints on a broad spectrum of global issues, topics, and current events. Featured are hundreds of continuously updated issue and country portals that bring together a variety of specially selected, relevant sources for analysis of these issues. Rich multimedia - including podcasts, video, and interactive graphs - enhance each portal. Use Browse Issues and Topics, Country Finder, Basic Search or Advanced Search to explore the database.


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.   



Health and Wellness Resource Center  (GALE) 

Health & Wellness Resource Center offers access to thousands of full-text medical journals, magazines, reference works, multimedia, and 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, and more.
Please note: Material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only.



Health Reference Center Academic provides access to medical and professional periodicals, health and fitness magazines, and reference books and pamphlets. The database is designed for both nursing and allied health students as well as consumer health researchers. The material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only.


Hospitality, Tourism, and Leisure Collection provides access to scholarly journals, magazines, and trade publications that cover topics including the cultural and economic aspects of travel and tourism. The database offers current and relevant content that provides well-rounded coverage of both the historical and current state of affairs in the hospitality and tourism industries.




 LegalTrac (GALE)

LegalTrac provides indexing and selective full-text for all major law reviews, law journals, specialty law and bar association journals and legal newspapers. The database offers coverage of federal and state cases, laws and regulations, legal practice and taxation, as well as British Commonwealth, European Union, and international law. 


Find up-to-date biographical information, overviews, full-text literary criticism and reviews on more than 130,000 writers in all disciplines, from all time periods and from around the world. 




 MasterFILE Premier (EBSCOhost)

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.

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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.


Nursing and Allied Health Collection (GALE)

Nursing and Allied Health Collection provides access to academic journals and other reference content covering all aspects of the nursing profession, from direct patient care to health care administration. NZFlag.png

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. 




 Opposing Viewpoints in Context (GALE)

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.


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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.



PubMed provides access to citations from over 5,200 life sciences periodicals with an emphasis on biomedical literature. Some full text available, as well as links to related web resources.



 Science in Context (GALE)

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.


 Student Resources in Context (GALE) 

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.)  



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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.