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Library Databases vs Search engines

What are Library databases?
When the Internet started becoming really popular, companies started taking content that was originally published in print, putting that content online, and then selling that content to libraries. So, library databases are essentially print sources made available online. 
Something that has originally been published in print has been evaluated and edited before it has been published. The information that you use from search engines often has less depth and is more prone to inaccuracies .

It's really important to think about the differences between a library database and a search engine.
This great little video spells it out really clearly:

For more details refer to this leaflet: Databases vs Search engines
For Online search Techniques click here: Online Search Techniques
For details on how to evaluate a website click here: (document in process)

Library databases have been provided for you to use free of charge by the MOE. 
You can search them 24/7 on any device using the Library Catalogue.


There are also some excellent free databases with exclusive NZ information:


1. Digital NZ: Find NZ digital material that is hidden or buried on the internet.
Search across more than 25 million digital items to discover New Zealand treasures such as old photos, posters, memorabilia, newspaper clippings, artwork, cartoons and publications. 
Items are contributed from partners including Te Papa, the Alexander Turnbull Library, Auckland Art Gallery, Te Ara, NZ On Screen and many more. 

2. Encyclopedia of New Zealand
A comprehensive guide to our peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy and society.

Index New Zealand's searchable database contains descriptions of articles and other items from over 1000 New Zealand magazines and newspapers from earlier in the 20th century, right up until the present day.
Along with articles, INNZ also indexes New Zealand book reviews, poems, short stories, and biographical articles. Subjects covered include social research, the environment, science, agriculture, current affairs, the arts and the humanities.
INNZ only includes items about New Zealand and the South Pacific.

Articles can be found by searching INNZ by author, keyword, title or subject.
There are three ways schools can send requests for INNZ articles: 
  • emailing requests
  • accessing full-text articles online direct from INNZ
  • or posting or faxing a printout of the request
For more details go to National Library

4. Papers Past contains more than three million pages of digitised New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The collection covers the years 1839 to 1945 and includes 83 publications from all regions of New Zealand.

5. Statistics New Zealand contains statistical information on all aspects of New Zealand life.


6. Kete Horowhenua: A knowledge basket of images, audio, video and documents collected by the community.