Online Information Sources

Online information sources for Yarra Libraries members

For access to some of these resources, you will require your library card barcode or a password from our staff. Short one-on-one training sessions are now available for these resources. Ask at any branch to arrange a suitable time.



Australian Dictionary of Biography Online

Australian Dictionary of Biography OnlineThis is Australia's pre-eminent dictionary of national biography which contains over 10,000 scholarly biographies of significant Australians who died before 1980.



Education and Current Affairs


ERICEducation Resources Information Centre (ERIC) provides free access to more than 1.2 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials and, if available, includes links to full text. ERIC is sponsored by the US Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences (IES).


The Conversation

The ConversationLaunched in March 2011, The Conversation is an independent source of information, analysis and commentary from the university and research sector.




Britannica Online

Britannica OnlineThis online resource has over 123,000 articles from Encyclopedia Britannica and various journals, 27,000 photos and illustrations, 3,300 video and audio clips.


Gale Virtual Reference Library

Gale Virtual Reference LibraryOffers a range of electronic reference books.




Government and Community

Infoxchange Service Seeker

Infoxchange Service SeekerAustralia's most extensive directory of community support services.


Legal Resources

Fitzroy Legal Service Law HandbookThe Fitzroy Legal Service Law Handbook is the most comprehensive plain English guide to the law in Victoria, and is updated annually by more than seventy expert volunteer lawyers.


Everyday Law

LegalProvides easy-to-understand legal information in one spot




Health & Wellness Resource Centre

Health and Wellness CompleteAn online resource covering health, medicine and alternative medicine.


Multilingual Health Databases

EBSCOContaining the latest evidenced-based health information, Multilingual Health Databases provide hundreds of reports for the most common health topics.
Arabic | Chinese | Vietnamese




Learning Online

Dynamic Learning Online HistoryMajor history and reference website for anyone with an interest in Australian as well as ancient and modern history.

You can log in using these details:

Username: Yarra

Password: Library



Literature and Books

Magpies, The Source

Magpies, The SourceA searchable database on books for children. To log in, use yl as both your username and password.


LGBT Life With Full Text

LGBT Life With Full TextThe world’s definitive resource for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender literature. Provides full text for 55 of the most important and historically significant LGBT journals, magazines and regional newspapers, as well as more than 100 full text monographs/books.







Newspapers and Magazines

Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre

EBSCOThis resource provides full text access to a wide range of Australian and New Zealand Newspapers. Major Australian newspapers covered include The Age, The Herald Sun (Melbourne), The Sydney Morning Herald, The Daily Telegraph (Sydney), The Courier Mail and other regional daily newspapers. This also includes Australian and overseas journals and magazines.


Choice Magazine

Choice MagazineAustralia’s most trusted Consumer magazine, Choice, is an expert source of independent, unbiased reviews of product and services and is now available to our Library members

Access has just become easier – just a click away. The Flipster app is also available to download so you can the read the magazine offline. Check here for Apple and Android FAQ’s



PressReader(Formerly known as Press Display)
The world’s largest online newspaper kiosk, where you can browse and read hundreds of full content premium newspapers and magazines from around the globe. It covers 82 countries and 39 languages. Please note: The Age, the Australian and the Herald Sun are not available to view via PressReader.

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