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This page provides staff and students of New Zealand schools with access to the resources available through the Ministry of Education funded EPIC subscriptions

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Encyclopaedias & Dictionaries

Britannica School (Encyclopaedia Britannica)

The online version of Encyclopædia Britannica for students of all ages. Britannica School is available in 3 different reading levels.

Click on the buttons below to go directly to the best level for you or click on the above button to access all 3 levels.

Britannica School Primary
Recommended year levels 1-8


Britannica School Middle
Recommended year levels 5-10


Britannica School Secondary
Recommended year levels 7-13


Oxford English Dictionary Online

A searchable version of the Oxford English Dictionary. Recommended year levels 7-13



Newspapers, Magazines & Journals


Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre (EBSCO)

Newspaper and magazine articles with an emphasis on New Zealand and Australian titles. Includes most major New Zealand daily newspapers. Recommended year levels 7-13


MasterFILE Complete (EBSCO)

Full text access to a large collection of international publications such as Time, Newsweek, & New Scientist. Recommended year levels 7-13 


Academic OneFile (Gale Cengage)
Articles from the world leading academic journals and reference sources. Recommended year levels 11-13



General OneFile (Gale Cengage)
A wide range of general magazines and reference sources. Recommended year levels 9-13 




New Zealand Geographic Archive Online

The entire archive of the New Zealand Geographic magazine dating back to 1989; including access to current editions. Recommended year levels 7-13




Biography In Context(Gale Cengage)

An extensive range of contemporary and historical biographies of notable people. Searchable by name, nationality, and occupation. Recommended year levels 7-13




Books & Authors(Gale Cengage)

Search or browse for books by genre, author, age group, period or theme – or find award winners. Recommended year levels 7-13



Literature Reference Center (Gale Cengage)

Critical essays, book reviews, biographies and author interviews from a range of periods and genres. Recommended year levels 9-13



 LitFinder (Gale Cengage)

Full text access to a wealth of literary works, biographies, reviews and more. Recommended year levels 9-13




New Oxford Shakespeare Online

Full text, online access to the New Oxford Shakespeare Online, including; the Modern Critical Edition, the Critical Reference Edition and the Authorship Companion Recommended year levels 9-13




Shakespeare Collection Online (Gale Cengage)

A wide range of reference resources on Shakespeare. Recommended year levels 9-13



Gale Virtual Reference Library: Literature e-Books  
Gale Contextual Encyclopedia of World Literature (2009)

Covers world authors from many periods and genres, building an understanding of the various contexts -- from the biographical to the literary to the historical -- in which literature can be viewed.


 Twenty-First Century Novels (2011)

Brings the most important fictional works of the first 10 years of the twenty-first centry into view, discussing plot, characters, critical reception and more.


Poetry for Students (2005)

Discussion and analysis of poems of all time periods, nations and cultures.



Art & Music


Oxford Art Online

Access to Grove Art Online, The Dictionary of Art, The Oxford Companion to Western Art, The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics, Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms and much more. Recommended year levels 9-13




Oxford Music Online

Access to Grove Music Online, The New Grove dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2d ed, The New Grove Dictionary of Opera, and New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. Over 50,000 articles chart the history and culture of music and musicians from around the world, to the present day. Recommended year levels 9-13


Science, Health & Technology

Science In Context(Gale Cengage)

Information on hundreds of today's most significant science topics. Recommended year levels 7-13


National Geographic Kids (Gale Cengage)

Access to the complete run of National Geographic Kids magazine from 2009 to the present, books from the National Geographic Kids Book Collection, the National Geographic Ladders Readers, as well as a huge range of educational videos and images. Recommended year levels 1-10


Gale Interactive: Science(Gale Cengage)

Access and manipulate interactive 3D models related to key scientific concepts. These are paired with Gale reference and periodical articles, providing helpful background information aligned to hands-on learning activities. Recommended year levels 7-13



GREENR: Global Reference on the Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources(Gale Cengage)

Information on the physical, social and economic aspects of environmental issues. Recommended year levels 7-13



Health & Wellness Resource Center(Gale Cengage)

Authoritative answers to health and medical questions from a huge range of health/medical resources. Recommended year levels 9-13

Gale Virtual Reference Library: Science, Health & Technology e-Books  
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine 5th ed (2015)

Includes information on almost 2,000 medical disorders and concepts. Written for a general audience with an authoritative tone.


 Gale Encyclopedia of Science 5th ed (2014)

Covers all major areas of science, engineering, technology, as well as mathematics and the medical and health sciences, while providing a comprehensive overview of current scientific knowledge and technology.



Social Science & History


Treaty of Waitangi Collection(Bridget Williams Books)

A cross-searchable e-book collection providing access to a growing collection of important works on the Treaty of Waitangi, including Claudia Orange’s acclaimed Treaty of Waitangi series and the landmark resource Tangata Whenua: A History by Atholl Anderson, Judith Binney and Aroha Harris. Recommended year levels 7-13



Global Issues In Context(Gale Cengage)

International viewpoints on a broad range of global issues, topics, and current events. Recommended year levels 7-13



Opposing Viewpoints In Context (Gale Cengage)

Mulitple perspectives on major contentious social, political and technological issues. Includes topical overviews and point of view articles. Recommended year levels 7-13 



World History In Context(Gale Cengage)

Designed with the student in mind, it covers events and people that have shaped the world from ancient to modern times. Recommended year levels 7-13


Gale Virtual Reference Library: Social Science & History e-Books  
Elizabethan World Reference Library (2007)

Provides background and information on the culture and history of the Elizabethan period, biographies of significant men and women of the time, and primary sources from the era.


Gale Encyclopedia of World History, War (2008)

Provides a broad overview of war throughout world history, from ancient times to present, with a special emphasis on its causes and repercussions.


Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt (2003)

Provides entires covering the world of ancient Egypt, including definitions of important terms, biographies of central figures, and narratives of pivotal events.


Greenhaven Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece (2007)

Provides entires covering the world of ancient Greece, including definitions of important terms, biographies of central figures, and narratives of pivotal events.



General Reference


Kids InfoBits (Gale Cengage)

An easy to use information resource aimed at primary school students which includes a wide range of topics such as animals, arts, geography, technology and more. Recommended year levels 1-8



Research In Context (Gale Cengage)

Information aimed at year 7 -10 students on a wide range of subjects; including literature, social studies, science and history. Recommended year levels 7-10 



Student Resources In Context(Gale Cengage)

Resources for students on many curriculum topics, including overviews, biographies, timelines, plot summaries and audio clips. Recommended year levels 7-13



Gale Virtual Reference Library (Gale Cengage)

Access to a collection of selected reference e-books containing biography, literature, science, history, social sciences information and much more. Recommended year levels 9-13



Teachers' Resource


Educator's Reference Complete (Gale Cengage)

Access to professional development articles and resources covering education from pre-school to tertiary level.