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Encyclopedias, dictionaries & ebooks online

Search or browse a wide range of encyclopedias, dictionaries and ebooks from home.

To access eresources from home, you need to be a Victorian resident with a current State Library card. To obtain a card, join the Library.

Blackwell Reference Online
Extensive collection of online reference books, encyclopaedias and dictionaries covering the arts, business and management, humanities and social sciences.

Electronic Book Library (EBL)
A collection of non-fiction ebooks, including Australian ebooks, you can read online, or download and read offline for up to seven days. You can also connect to these books from the Library catalogue
Help is available for downloading, printing and saving.

Ebscohost ebooks
A collection of non-fiction ebooks you can read online, or download and read offline for up to seven days. You can also connect to these books from the Library catalogue.
Help is available for downloading, printing and saving.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online
This edition includes access to the full text of this well-known encyclopaedia, as well as magazine and journal articles, websites and multimedia.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Student Edition
Full-text articles from the student edition of this well-known encyclopaedia. Suitable for school assignments.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Full-text articles from encyclopedias and specialised reference sources covering a variety of subject areas.

Macquarie Dictionary Online
English as it is used in Australia, from the colloquial to the technical. Updated with new words as they enter the language. Includes etymologies for some phrases and regionalisms from around Australia, along with a thesaurus. Please note: this is a secure website.

Oxford English Dictionary
A range of Oxford dictionaries: Australian, American, New Zealand, thesauri and the second edition of the Oxford English Dictionary.

Oxford Reference Online
Extensive collection of online reference books, encyclopaedias and dictionaries covering a vast range of subjects. Includes selected titles from Oxford Digital Reference Shelf, Oxford Reference Literature and Western Civilisation collections.

More eresources

Some of the Library's journal article and ebooks databases, and all of the Library's CD-ROMs, are only available from computers within the Library building. You can explore the subject menu which lists these. Many useful free websites are also included. 

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