Links for Year 11,12,13 Social Sciences
While this page was designed for senior history students it has links that might be useful to many students. Some of you have selected to research New Zealand topics and some are looking outside NZ history, so here are links to the different databases with a description. If you need any convincing on the benefits of using databases, you might want to check out this video "What are databases.." or simply check our the resources below...
Doing NZ Topics?
Doing a topic in or outside of NZ History?
INNZ - Index New Zealand is a service for students wanting historical or up-to-date information from New Zealand journals, magazines, and newspapers. There is a pamphlet on how to use INNZ but in a nutshell - you use INNZ search and advanced search to locate articles - some you will be able to access directly, others you will have to email and wait for them to send to you. When you find an article you want you click on email and send to your own email. Then you forward these article details to email@example.com with your name and 'at Darfield High School'. They usually take a couple of days to send a scan of the article. Great service!
Digital New Zealand is an amazing resource when searching for New Zealand material from a wide variety of providers. Below is a video showing how to use this resource - 'Introduction to Digital NZ'
Any Questions: This is an online, live reference service for students. You can chat with a librarian to get some research help but even better, the flip side is Many Answers. Many Answers provides study guides and research links to all the most common topics that crop up in Any Questions so credible and reliable links are at your fingertips, 24/7.
These collection of databases also might have some useful links. Websites like Papers Past and NZ on Screen but also some other possibilities like...
Jstor - This site is not all free however you can search the open source content that is free - lots of journals and primary resources.
Google News - Digitalised historic papers online. Works best if you have the name of the newspaper and a narrow date range - this article is helpful on how to use
New Zealand Electronic Text Collection NZETC May have some good stuff - depends on the topic
Libguides - based in America but contain global content. These are topic guides created by librarians to help their students find resources – I find it useful sometimes– You can filter by library type – I often hit K12 to narrow my search – and depending on results I don’t tend to filter too much at the start.
Reference Websites from Ashburton College (big thanks to library staff there) A great list of very useful resource suggestions - check it out for your topic search.
There is a huge wealth of valuable information in these resources. They cover topics across the globe. Because you are accessing EPIC from home then you will need to use a password only available to dhs students and staff. Click here if you don't know our epic login. Once you are in you can scroll down to find the databases that suits you.
There is also a tool called EPIC Discovery
EPIC Discovery is a tool that enables you to search across most of the e-resource collections as well as Digital NZ, Index New Zealand and PapersPast in ONE single search.
Some highlights in EPIC for all topics are:
Australian/NZ Reference Centre Plus - database provides a thriving collection of leading regional and international periodicals, full-text reference books, full-text biographies and a collection of images.
Britannica School – this can be good as an overview for some senior history topics - It includes articles, video, activities, an atlas – a one stop reference library at your fingertips. Choose level 3 or 'High' for most detail. 'Also on left hand side of each topic you will see 'webs best sites' often worth a look.
Gale World History - This database has thousands of topics with some great overviews and details. You can either 'browse the topics' or just use the search box.
There are others Epic resources that might be useful too like Gale in Context Biography and Gale in High School