There's a wide range of online resources that have been developed for educational purposes.
What other libraries offer
Your local library and the National Library, including Services to Schools, offers access to a broad range of reference material. Promote these to your students and integrate them into your school library's online presence.
Digital resources and guides — all kinds of resources provided by the National Library including Topic Explorer, Papers Past, DigitalNZ, the EPIC collection of databases and more.
The EPIC collection of databases contains digital resources for use at school and home by students and staff. The databases, many of which are updated daily, cover a wide range of curriculum topics, from the arts, biographies, English, geography, health, history, languages and science to current events and more.
EPIC includes New Zealand content and provides access to a rich range of full-text magazines and newspapers, along with biographies, an encyclopedia and other reference works, books, images, sound and video clips.
Apps for schools
Apple Education App store — apps covering a wide range of subjects for every level and learning style for iPad and other Apple devices
Google Play education apps — a library of apps for android devices
Reviews of reference resources
SLJ reference reviews — the School Library Journal reviews new reference resources
In addition to a core collection, primary or intermediate school reference collections could include:
- a homework help site, such as the National Library's AnyQuestions
- web portals, such as Kids InfoBits which can be accessed via EPIC.
WickED themes gallery — run by the NZ Ministry of Education, this website for 7 to 12 year-olds offers engaging curriculum-based learning activities in English and te reo Māori
Resources specific to secondary schools
All resources included in the collection of EPIC databases are suitable for secondary schools.
There are other resources suitable for a secondary school reference collection.
Compare countries — a section of Britannica School which can be accessed via EPIC
Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) factbook — a website and app that offers a wide range of statistics about its member countries and other countries
Wolfram Alpha — a website and app that houses a curated collection of data on many subjects that aims to provide definitive answers to factual queries
Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) World Factbook — provides world information about history, people, government, economy, geography, communications, transportation and the military
New Zealand information
Your collection could include the a range of information specific to New Zealand, including:
- tikanga Māori — place names, whakataukī (proverbs), marae protocols
- the New Zealand Official Yearbook — available in print or a searchable digital version which has a complete archive from 1893
- flora and fauna guides — you might want to make these available for loan, both for field trips and general usage
- appropriate New Zealand directories, such as Jobs galore or the Jobs database.
The New Zealand Official Yearbook
Jobs galore — a reference book of jobs in New Zealand compiled by Careers NZ
Jobs database — helps students discover career possibilities and explore the job market