New on Delicious from the reference desk

Posted on March 22, 2011. Filed under: Reference, Web sites | Tags: , , , , , , |

National Library of Australia e-Books The National Library of Australia’s electronic books (eBooks) are available as free downloads

A History of Aboriginal Sydney This site is intended for use in schools, especially in Sydney, by Aboriginal families and organisations, by the non-Indigenous people of Sydney who wish to know and share more of the lives and achievements of Australia’s first peoples.


Data Australia  Australian government public information datasets

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Sites sites sites!

Posted on November 26, 2010. Filed under: Web sites | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

A selection of sites I have added this month to our Delicious account: is an Australian blog about digital publishing, e-reading, related gadgets and the future of the book

Birds Australia offers loads information and resources on Australian birds.

Bike Map – Penrith ~ Windsor ~ Blue Mountains from the RTA, pdf download of the cycleway map for Penrith, Windsor and the Blue Mountains

RTA cycleway maps Links to pdf downloadable cycleway maps in metropolitan and regional NSW.

blekko Search engine with results tweaked by humans to hopefully reduce links to spam pages: you can tilt your search results in the direction you like by using a category of bias, like ‘liberal’ or ‘conservative.’ Categorisation lists are applied by appending a ‘slashtag.’

NSW Multicultural Health Free downloadable multilingual health information in up to 45 languages

Early exlorers in Australia (eBook) From log-books and journals, this book by Ida Lee was first published in 1925. A Project Gutenberg of Australia eBook

Vaughan Evans Digital Library: Australian National Maritime Museum The Vaughan Evans Library is the research library of the Australian National Maritime Museum. Access electronic magazines, books and registers of shipping via their digital library

Friends of Blackheath Pool and Memorial Park The blog of the Friends of Blackheath Pool & Memorial Park

Legal Books Online A selection of up-to-date legal information books available online, page maintained by Find Legal Answers, a service of State Library of NSW. Includes selected chapters from the latest edition of the Law Handbook.

artfiles: Artfiles is the key portal to the world of the arts in Western Sydney. Information on artists, cultural organisations, art funding and education in the region. Includes Blue Mountains information.

climatechange2010.pdf: The Science of Climate Change – Q & A,  from the Australian Academy of Science 2010.

The Naked Scientists Online: Science Podcast and Science Radio Show. The Naked Scientists are a media-savvy group of physicians and researchers from Cambridge University who use radio, live lectures, and the Internet to strip science down to its bare essentials, and promote it to the general public

Study Search Australia An Australian customised educational search engine for students with primary and secondary options.


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Did you know…?

Posted on June 21, 2010. Filed under: Reference, Web sites | Tags: , , , , |

…that the Children Book Council of Australia web site has lists of suggested authors for different age groups (see their “For Readers” tab)?

… and that there is great historical information on the Crossing of Blue Mountains on the State Library of NSW web site?


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Kokoda Track website launched

Posted on April 20, 2010. Filed under: Reference, Web sites | Tags: , , |

Developed by the Australian Government Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the  recently launched Kokoda Track website explores and commemorates the battle fought by Australians in World War II in Papua New Guinea. It is a partner site of the NSW Board of Studies and will be useful to students of Modern History.

The website will be shortly added to our Recommended Sites, in the History section. In the mean time, check it out here.

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Significant People in Australia’s History

Posted on January 8, 2010. Filed under: Books, Reference | Tags: , , , , |

Significant People in Australia’s History is a historic encyclopedia in 10 volumes for primary school ages. It has recently been added to the Reference collection at Springwood. The layout is clear and should please most learners. It covers: Indigenous Australia, Early Sea Exploration, Early Settlements, Colonial Life, New Nation, Boom Times and the Great Depression, World War 2 and Post-war Recovery, Building Modern Australia, and Australia, a Global Nation.


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Dictionary of Sydney web site

Posted on November 10, 2009. Filed under: Reference | Tags: , , |

The Dictionary of Sydney site has been added to the Recommended sites, History, General…

The Dictionary of Sydney: Sydney’s history online and connected
The Dictionary of Sydney covers all kinds of history – engineering history, social and cultural history, economic history etc… It contains new historical writing enriched with other resources – images, maps, sound, music, oral history, film, documents and pointers to important objects in Sydney collections. New material is added regularly, and linked to what is already there. Geographically, the Dictionary of Sydney includes the whole Sydney basin (including the Blue Mountains) and spans the years from the earliest human habitation to the present. Contributors include academics, professional historians, heritage specialists, local studies experts, genealogists, enthusiasts, volunteers and readers.


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New links added to the Recommended Sites: Check them out!

Posted on May 26, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , |

In the History section:
History of our Nation
The State Library of NSW takes you on an online exploration of selected highlights of its historical collections, from a fascinating insight into the first encounters with the original inhabitants and amazing insights into how European explorers discovered, charted and settled this vast land.

In the Literature section, under Poetry (3 new websites):
The Poetry Archive
Listen to or read the Poetry Archive poems! The poems on this UK site are searchable by title, author, by themes and poetic forms.
From the Academy of American Poets, you will find thousands of poems as well as hundreds of poet biographies, essays, interviews, and poetry recordings—with new material being added constantly.

Cordite Poetry Review is an Australian bi-annual online poetry journal dedicated to showing off new and established Australian poets to the world.

And this one has been added to a new category: Homework Help

Useful Homework Help Sites
A list of websites for primary and secondary students chosen by librarians, covering general and subject specific topics.

And here is the Recommended sites link.


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