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Searching a database

A database is an organised and extensive collection of information that can be easily accessed via your computer. Your library subscribes to the databases listed here so that you can use them for free with just your Mosman Library Service membership card. You can search the library databases either from home or in the library.

State Library of NSW eResources

Your Mosman Library Service card can now provide access to the State Library of NSW online resources, including local & international newspapers, full-text journals, magazines, online databases, eBooks and eAudiobooks.

How to access: Access the State Library of NSW online resources, register and log in using your Library card number.


EBSCOhost databases

Search the EBSCOhost databases which gives you access to premium online information contained in academic journals worldwide. Enter your subject term into the search box to retrieve articles and information on your topic.


Browse the list below to search for a database by subject.


Ancestry Library Edition

Ancestry.comaccess from Barry O’Keefe Library only.

Ancestry Library Edition has access to US and UK census records US Birth, Marriage and Death records and UK and Ireland Parish and Probate records, UK and US Directories from 1680 – 1930 and much more. Search through four billion names!

General Reference

Academic Search Premieraccess via your Mosman Library Service membership card.

A scholarly collection offering full-text coverage of information in many areas of academic study including: animal science, anthropology, astronomy, biology, civil engineering, electrical engineering, ethnic & multicultural studies, food science & technology, geography, geology, law, materials science, mathematics, mechanical engineering, music, pharmaceutical sciences, physics, psychology, religion & theology, veterinary science, women’s studies, zoology and many other fields. With full text for more than 2,100 journals, 1700 of which are peer-reviewed, this database will become the first point of call for all students seeking high quality information.

Australia/NZ Reference Centre

Australia/NZ Reference Centreaccess via your Mosman Library Service membership card.

ANZ Reference Centre is a general database of Australian and international content with articles in health, current affairs, science, social science, business and literature.

Electric Library

Electric Libraryaccess via your Mosman Library Service membership card. (Requires uppercase X).

Electric Library provides information updated daily. You can search magazines, books, newspapers, images, maps and TV and radio transcripts. The Mosman Daily is indexed at Electric Library. It is possible to limit searches to publication, date, and title of article and author.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online

Encyclopaedia Britannica Onlineaccess via your Mosman Library Service membership card.

One of the most authoritative information resources in the world with access to over 73,000 articles, more than 2,000 videos, full text magazine and journal articles and over 200,000 websites which have been reviewed and rated by the editors allowing you to expand your search over the internet.

MasterFILE Complete

MasterFILE Completeaccess via your Mosman Library Service membership card.

MasterFILE Complete provides full text for more than 2,100 general reference publications with full text information dating as far back as 1975. MasterFILE Complete also includes 650 full text reference books, 84,074 biographies, 86,135 primary source documents, and an Image Collection of 107,135 photos, maps and flags.

World Book

World Book access via your Mosman Library Service membership card.

Primary source documents and ebooks fully integrated with encyclopedia content plus timelines, citation builder, and saved research.


Consumer Health Complete

Consumer Health Completeaccess via your Mosman Library Service membership card.

Consumer Health Complete contains full text articles covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. Topics include ageing, cancer, diabetes, drugs and alcohol, fitness, nutrition and dietetics and women’s, children’s and men’s health.

Drug Information @ Your Library


History Reference Center

History Reference Centeraccess via your Mosman Library Service membership card.

History Reference Center is the world’s most comprehensive full text history reference database designed for secondary schools, public libraries, junior/community colleges, and undergraduate research. The database features full text for more than 1,620 reference books, encyclopedias and non-fiction books from leading history publishers.

Hobbies & Crafts

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center

Hobbies and Craftsaccess via your Mosman Library Service membership card.

Hobbies & Crafts Reference Center is a full text database designed primarily for use in public libraries. Content in the database includes a collection of articles covering over 140 topics, as well as books and video that focus on categories commonly referred to as hobbies and crafts.



Literary Reference Center Plus

Literary Reference Center Plusaccess via your Mosman Library Service membership card.

Literary Reference Center Plus is a comprehensive database that provides a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and time frames. It contains thousands of plot summaries, synopses and work overviews; author biographies and interviews, literary journals, book reviews, classic and contemporary poems, classic and contemporary short stories, full-text study guides, literary videos and full text classic texts. A fantastic resource for secondary students to undergraduates or anyone interested in the study of Literature.

eBook Public Library Collection

eBook Public Library Collectionaccess via your Mosman Library Service membership card.

With more than 45,000 e-books chosen specifically for public libraries, this general reference collection features titles for both adults and juveniles, as well as best-selling and highly-recommended titles from industry leading publishers.

Spark Notes

Media & Social Issues

Australia/New Zealand Points of View

Australia/New Zealand Points of Viewaccess via your Mosman Library Service membership card.

ANZ Points of View provides the basis from which students can realize and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills.

Science & Environment


GreenFILEaccess via your Mosman Library Service membership card.

A freely accessible research database focusing on the relationship between human beings and the environment, with well-researched but accessible information on topics ranging from global warming to recycling to alternate fuel sources and beyond. Comprised of scholarly and general interest titles, as well as government documents and reports, GreenFILE offers a unique perspective on the positive and negative ways humans affect the ecology.

Science Reference Center

Science Reference Centeraccess via your Mosman Library Service membership card.

Science Reference Center provides easy access to a multitude of full text science oriented content. Contains full text for 640 science encyclopedias, reference books, and journals. Topics covered include: biology, chemistry, earth and space science, environmental science, health and medicine, history of science, life science, physics, science and society, scientists, technology and wildlife.

Today’s Science

Today's Scienceaccess via your Mosman Library Service membership card.

Today’s Science bridges the gap between the science that students learn in the classroom and the discoveries pushing the boundaries of science today. Updated weekly and containing thousands of links to a 25-year back-file, Today’s Science explains important developments in biology, chemistry, the environment, space, physics, and technology. Students are provided with information in context, clearly explained and abundantly illustrated, so they can see new advances not as inexplicable wonders, but as resulting from the application of the same concepts and principles of investigation (the scientific method) that they are learning about in simpler form in the classroom.

Trove – from the National Library of Australia

Trove is a new discovery experience focused on Australia and Australians. It supplements what search engines provide with reliable information from Australia’s memory institutions.