Research resources

Digital links to useful databases like PressReader, Generosity New Zealand for financial scholarships, Te Ara Dictionary, New Zealand Encyclopedia , Index New Zealand, Te Puna National library, career hints & study resources, plus suggestions for what book should I read next.

Digital links to useful databases like PressReader, Generosity New Zealand for financial scholarships, Te Ara Dictionary, New Zealand Encyclopedia , Index New Zealand, Te Puna National library, career hints & study resources, plus suggestions for what book should I read next.

👉PressReader

Use your library card and PIN to access over 7,000 newspapers and magazines in more than 60 languages.

👉How to guide for Pressreader


Generosity New Zealand

New users will need to sign up with an email to use givUS which is funding for organisations,

or to use givME which is funding for individuals.

👉Sign up link. for a first time user.

👉LInk for a returning user.

👉LInk for a past user, or password reset.


👉What should I read next

Have you run out of ideas for what to read next? Try these online tools we've compiled that help you to find fresh reading material (fiction or non-fiction) , based on what you already like. And if you still have no joy, you'll find an email contact for getting us on board with your search.

👉"What should I read next" page


👉LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com)

Choose from thousands of online courses to learn in-demand skills from real-world industry experts. Get started with your library card.👉Learn more

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👉Careers NZ resources

Here are some job resources you may find useful:

Did you know there are two types of CV

  1. Skills-focused CV – useful for career changers, school leavers or people with gaps in work history.
  2. Work-focused CV – useful for showcasing work experience and for people progressing to the next stage in their career.

👉Click here for CV resources.

Job Hunters' Workbook

This job hunters work book, is a good start to help orientate you on your job hunting journey.

👉Download the Job Hunters Workbook.

What four things should you do after the interview?

👉Four tips on what to do after an interview.

Have you ever been asked, about the Treaty of Waitangi in an interview

👉 Click her to read “How will you uphold the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi in this job?”


👉Encyclopedia

👉Te Ara, the Encyclopedia of New Zealand

This is a comprehensive guide to the country’s peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy, institutions and society.

Te Ara includes more than 3,000 biographies, most originally published in the Dictionary of New Zealand biography (DNZB).


👉Dictionary

👉Te Aka is a dictionary with encyclopedic entries including the names of plants and animals (especially native and endemic species), stars, planets and heavenly bodies, important Māori people, key ancestors of traditional narratives, tribal groups and ancestral canoes.

👉Te Whanake Māori language series of narrative texts and resources.


👉National Library Catalogue:

  • Collect : New Zealand's documentary taonga in words, sounds and pictures are collected, protected and accessible
  • Connect : New Zealanders can easily access national and international resources through knowledge networks
  • Co-create : New Zealanders working together to turn knowledge into value


👉Te Puna Search

👉Te Puna Search is a web-based search service giving access to what is held in New Zealand libraries and worldwide.


👉Index New Zealand (INNZ)

This is a 👉searchable database at the National Library that contains abstracts and descriptions of articles from about 1000 New Zealand periodicals and newspapers published from the 1950s to the present day.


👉FutureLearn

Study University courses or improve your English for the IELTS exam, the workplace, or your next holiday. 👉Click here to browse the selection of online courses.


  • 👉Health Navigator NZ is a guide to healthcare and the health system in New Zealand;  
  • 👉PubMed has citations for biomedical literature.

Go to our 👉Genealogy Resource Collection webpage for further information about the family history resources available at Porirua City Libraries.

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