Library Online Services

Contents

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Kwinana Public Library provides access to a range of online information resources for library users. 

Premium eResources provide reliable, high quality content and are often information databases that are otherwise not found on the web. We provide access within the library and most can also be used from home – just login using your library card barcode number.

Selected websites are accessible to all and have been chosen by library staff to complement the Premium eResources in each subject area.

Antiques and Collectibles

Premium eResource - access from home or within the library.
A fully indexed online price guide to antiques containing over 90,000 items. 

A valid library card number is required.​

​Audiobooks

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Download eBooks, eMagazines and eAudiobooks to your computer, smartphone, tablet or mp3 player. Choose from hundreds of bestselling titles for adults, children and teens. Available 24/7 with no waiting lists.

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Borrow, download and enjoy eAudiobooks from Australian and international authors.

A valid library card number and PIN are required (please request a PIN from the library if you do not have one).

Biography

Articles detailing the lives of over 12,000 people who were significant in Australian history and who died before 1991. All the articles are taken from the print edition published between 1966 and 2007. From the Australian National University.​

Books and authors

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Read an exact digital copy of the monthly print edition with added online features. Contains quality reviews, author profiles and news about books. You can browse the pages or keyword search thousands of articles in current and past issues. A great resource for book clubs.

Link to the digital magazine.

A useful site for readers of genre fiction particularly fantasy, science fiction and horror. Includes bibliographies for over 20,000 authors and makes it easy to find sequels or individual titles from a series.​

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SpineOut is an exciting online magazine for Young Adults, brought to you by the Good Reading team. It’s a special place for you to express your ideas and thoughts and to share your creativity in words, art, film or music. 

Be part of this fun online resource by submitting reviews of newly published YA books, book trailers, poems, short stories, music lyrics, videos and art work. Experience the thrill of being published!

A new way to choose what to read. This website allows you to enter up to four characteristics for the type of book you want. Just click on each bar and move the sliders. Alternatively, see suggestions based on your choice of character, plot and setting. From Opening The Book Ltd.

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Designed to help fiction readers who have read all the books by their favourite authors and are seeking new names to try. It will help you make the most of the wealth of good reading available at your local public library and bookshop. 

If an author's name is followed by a bridge symbol it means that the author has written at least one 'crossover title', suitable for young adult readers 'crossing over' to tackle adult novels. From Loughborough University.​

Business and Law

Read up-to-date copies of W.A. acts and regulations. From the State Law Publisher.

​Career assistance

An online career survey that helps people choose a career that’s right for them, focussing on what an individual is good at and their natural strengths. It also provides information on how to write a winning resume.

Children's Resources​

​​​​Comics and Graphic Novels

A resource providing access to thousands of digital graphic novels and comics from web-enabled devices such as tablets, PCs, and smartphones. Patrons can check out as many titles as they like. Titles are always available with no holds or waiting periods.
A valid library card number is required.

Computers and the Internet

The Computer School
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Self-paced, online computer skills tutorials aimed at beginner and intermediate level. Covers computer basics, email, internet, Microsoft Windows, Word, Excel, Publisher, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Facebook, YouTube, Skype and many other topics. The tutorials include step-by-step instructions along with exercises and activities to help learn. Login to the website using your library card barcode number. From thecomputerschool.net

As part of the Australian Government's cyber safety program, the Office of the Children's eSafety provides online safety education, a complaints service for young Australians experiencing cyber bullying and addresses illegal online content through the Online Content Scheme. This sitre provides activities, resources and practical advice to help children, teens and parents safely enjoy the online world, and offers training and resources for schools.​​

Helps you explore the digital world safely and securely by explaining online banking, shopping, Internet TV, podcasts, Skype, social media, tablets and much more. Also includes guides to work skills such as basic word processing, spreadsheets and creating presentations. From the South Australian Department of Further Education, Employment, Science and Technology.

Exercises for new computer mouse users. Includes an information tutorial, a practical 'mousercise' activity, and games to help you build your mousing skills. From Palm Beach County Library.

Provides information for Australian internet users on the simple steps they can take to protect their personal and financial information online. From the Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy on behalf of the Australian Government.​

Consumer information

Based on publicly available announcements, newspaper advertisements, or recall notifications that have been submitted to the Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs, by the supplier of the product. Provided by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission.

SCAMwatch provides information to consumers and small businesses about how to recognise, avoid and report scams. Provided by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Your Home is a suite of consumer and technical guide materials and tools developed to encourage the design, construction or renovation of homes to be comfortable, healthy and more environmentally sustainable. Also includes a home buyer's guide. A collaborative project of the Australian Government and the building and design industry managed by the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.​

Driver training

Free WA permit practice tests and drivers’ handbooks.​

eBooks

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Download e-books for your computer, smartphone, iPod/iPad, e-book reader or other compatible device (not currently available for Kindle). A valid library card is required and loan limits apply.

Premium eResource - access from home or within library. Borrow, download and enjoy e-books from Australian and international authors.

A valid library card number and PIN are required (please request a PIN from the library if you do not have one).

Premium eResource - access from home or within library.
Download eBooks, eMagazines and eAudiobooks to your computer, smartphone, tablet or mp3 player. Choose from hundreds of bestselling titles for adults, children and teens. Available 24/7 with no waiting lists.

Premium eResource - access from home or within library. Enjoy a range of Australasian and international e-book titles.

A valid library card number and PIN are required (please request a PIN from the library if you do not have one).

Encyclopaedias and Reference

Information about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of almost 240 countries. Provided by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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An excellent resource for students, parents and teachers. It can be searched according to the user’s particular age group ensuring results are suitable for all stages of learning.

Oxford’s modern English dictionary and language reference service contains over 350,000 entries updated quarterly with new words. This website also includes example sentences, tips to improve your writing skills and puzzle solvers for fans of crosswords and anagrams.

Compiled by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the World Factbook provides frequently updated information, maps, facts and statistics on more than 250 countries and other entities.

Family History and Genealogy

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Ancestry provides access to thousands of information databases including U.K. census returns (1841-1901), Australian electoral rolls (1901-1954), U.S. census returns and much more.

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A family history and genealogy website with millions of records covering Australia and New Zealand. 

Please contact the library ​to book a session on a library computer to use Ancestry or Find My Past.

Includes online genealogical resources developed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The most well-known is the International Genealogical Index (IGI) which contains millions of entries (mainly baptisms and marriages) often transcribed from the church parish registers of various denominations in North America, the British Isles and Finland. Records span the years from 1500 to 1900. Individuals have also submitted entries. Inaccuracies are possible so the index information should be checked against the original source.

Provides search access to the Civil Registration Index of Births, Marriages and Deaths for England and Wales. FreeBMD is a volunteer project to transcribe the index for the period 1837-1983. Good coverage from 1837 until around 1920 although still not 100% complete. At present, the coverage after 1920 can be low. To check on progress, visit the site’s information pages​ and view the coverage charts for the years and registration events which interest you.​

Health and Medicine

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The Cochrane Library consists of a regularly updated collection of evidence-based medicine databases featuring over 1,000 journals, major reference works, online books, Current Protocols laboratory manuals, and databases. From Wiley Interscience.

A government funded gateway, providing quality approved health information. Provides a wide range of up-to-date and quality assessed information on important health topics such as diabetes, cancer, mental health and asthma.​​

An Australian site containing up-to-date information about radiology (diagnostic imaging) tests and procedures that you or a family member may require.

A site designed to help the patient better understand any one of the hundreds of lab tests used to screen, diagnose or monitor illness and disease.

​Homework Help

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Your Tutor is an Australian online service which connects you to expert tutors for assistance with homework, assignments, exam preparation and study questions. Aimed at students in years 3 to 12, the service provides real-time, interactive help with Mathematics, various Science subjects and English. Advice on research and study skills is also available. All tutor sessions are monitored to maintain quality control and service provision. The Your Tutor service is available Sunday to Friday from 3pm to 10pm and is free to members of City of Kwinana Libraries. From Tutoring Australasia.

Past WACE examinations papers for Stage 2 and Stage 3. Provided by the Curriculum Council (W.A. State Government).

​Languages

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Mango is an online language-learning system that can help you learn languages like Spanish, French, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Italian and more.

Road to IELTS - A preparation course 
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Get ready for the IELTS exam or just improve your English with this online practice course. Includes 120 hours of intensive work on vocabulary, reading, writing, listening and speaking. Designed by the British Council. From Clarity English.

Note: If you are using Road to IELTS within the library you will find earbuds helpful for listening to the audio component. If you haven't brought your own, earbuds can purchased at the library for $1.

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​Magazines and Newspapers​​

Try out this evolving website to search the full text of digitised Australian newspapers and view scans of each page. A great resource for history buffs and genealogists. The National Library’s Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program has so far digitised 5.8 million pages containing 57 million articles. This includes all issues of The West Australian up to 1954 along with its nineteenth-century predecessors, the Perth Gazette and the West Australian Times. Also, the Sunday Times up to 1954. Recently, all issues of the Australian Women's Weekly between 1933 and 1982 were added. Read more about the project and the newspapers currently included.

Read an exact digital copy of the Kwinana Times or any other weekly suburban newspaper published by the Community Newspapers Group since November 2006. You can also search the complete set of archived newspapers for your topic of interest in articles, advertisements or both. This website requires free registration prior to first use.

World's largest listing of newspaper websites, searchable by country and then by publication. Note that this website may display popup advertising windows.

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Contains the full text of articles from hundreds of popular magazines. From Gale Cengage Learning.

Premium eResource - access from home or within library.
Download eBooks, eMagazines and eAudiobooks to your computer, smartphone, tablet or mp3 player. Choose from hundreds of bestselling titles for adults, children and teens. Available 24/7 with no waiting lists.​

Mobile Print Service

Did you know Kwinana Public Library offers a mobile printing service? With the MobilePrint Service, you can print from anywhere on any device and pick-up your printing at the Library during opening hours.

Further Information

​More about premium eResources and selected websites​

Premium eResources are online sources of reliable information intended for library users to research topics of personal interest. In many cases, these e-resources are information databases, not found on the Web, which contain articles from thousands of newspapers, magazines and reference books. Most titles are 'full-text' which means each article is included as it appeared word for word in the print version. Sometimes, you will only see the citation, which is a brief description of the article that includes the title, author, publication date and a summary (abstract).

Annual subscription costs for each library resource are paid from one of three sources:
  • City of Kwinana: resources accessible to users of City of Kwinana Libraries.

  • State Government via the State Library: resources accessible to all W.A. public library users.

  • Australian Government: resource (Cochrane) accessible to all Australians.

Note: Selected websites are chosen by library staff to complement the subscri​​​​ption e-resources. Listing links to resources on the Web does not mean City of Kwinana Libraries endorses the information provided.​​

Page reviewed: 10 Jul 2017 4:00pm