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Te Ara – The Encyclopedia of New Zealand is guide to the country’s peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy, institutions and society.

Britannica School
Encyclopeadia Britannica School is the online version of Encyclopeadia Britannica for students. Choose from three levels of information:  primary, middle or secondary. To access it outside of school you will need a password, see Mrs Phillips.
DKFindOut is an easy to use free online encyclopedia from Dorling Kindersly, a leading illustrated reference publisher.


Oxford English Dictionary Online is a searchable version of the Oxford English Dictionary. To access it outside of school you will need a password, see Mrs Phillips.

Te Ara Biographies contains more than 3,000 life stories originally published in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography

Country profiles:
The World Factbook
provides information on the history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. Click on the Reference tab to find a range of maps and flags of the world.
Use the alphabetical listing in The World Culture Encyclopedia to find the country you are interested in.  Covers a wide range of topics relevant to a country's culture including social customs, gender roles, religion, and celebrations.

NZ History contains information organised in three broad categories: Culture and Society, Politics and government, and War and society.It includes links to guides, external websites, and a calendar of historical NZ events. topics are text articles which can also feature related video and audio clips, interactives, and photo galleries on a huge range of historical topics. Also includes section on this day in history.

PapersPast contains more than three million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The collection covers the years 1839 to 1945 and includes 93 publications from all regions of New Zealand.

Stuff provides online access to local, national and international news, including the online version of The Press.
Created by a NZ based teacher, Kiwi Kids News covers local and international current event news especially for kids. Requires registration for full access.

Homework help: is a free online reference service for NZ school students. Staffed by friendly librarians, it is open Monday to Friday 1–6pm. The aim of the service is not to give students the answer, but rather to teach them valuable information literacy skills so they can find the information for themselves. is home to 100s of answers to the most popular 
questions asked on It's free and easy to use, 24 hours of the day, and better yet if you can’t find the answer you are looking for you can submit a question.
Christchurch City Libraries Kids has great resources for learning, fun, and play.  Check out their homework resources, as well as eResources (requires a library card number and password / PIN.)
The National Library's High Interest Topics site  provides links to information on topics relevant to the New Zealand Curriculum.

Through EPIC you can access databases containing thousands of international and New Zealand magazines, newspapers, biographies, substantial reference works, and images. If using from home you will need the username and password - ask Mrs Phillips or your teacher.
ids InfoBits is an easy-to-use digital resource aimed at primary school students which includes a wide range of topics such as animals, arts, geography, technology and more. The modern design and simple navigation makes it easy for users to explore content and gain comfort with database searching.,uid&profile=ehan
Designed with students and educators in mind, Explora provides a safe, trustworthy environment for students to look up articles and facts for research papers, class projects or homework.  Explora provides students with easy-to-use features and age-appropriate content from the world’s leading magazines and reference books by 
searching across two Epic databases (Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre and MasterFILE Complete) using an interface developed especially for school students. If using from home you will need the username and password - ask Mrs Phillips of your teacher. 

Search engines (other than Google!):
SweetSearch is a Search Engine for Students.A search engine for students. It searches only the 35,000 Web sites that its  staff of research experts, librarians and teachers have evaluated and approved.

Carrot2 organizes your search results into topics. With an instant overview of what's available, you will quickly find what you're looking for.

A fantastic resource to help you find images, video, and music that have Creative Commons licences which allows you to legally reuse them for your school work.

Pixabay is a vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright free images and videos. All contents are released under Creative Commons CC0, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist - even for commercial purposes. 

This is a small sampling of select DPLA, DigitalNZ, and Trove collections that are believed to be available for re-use. Please note that the rights status of individual items may vary within these collections, so always check the individual rights statement associated with an item before reusing it.