Vocational Studies

Check out these databases and websites for information and support with study and life skills.

Discovery Search(external link)

This search interface facilitates simultaneous search of all library resources, including physical and electronic, at one place. You can search print books, eBooks, and all resources available through our databases, such as electronic journal articles, theses, book chapters, and reports, through this platform.

Popular multi-subject databases

Use these to find articles on a very broad range of topics.

Check out our database tutorials(external link) for help.

ProQuest(external link)
Academic Search Complete(external link)
Science Direct(external link)
Academic OneFile(external link)

Other Key databases

LinkedIn Learning(external link)
LL provides access to useful resources on topics such as Business(external link)technology(external link) and creative industries(external link). Resources on career development(external link)  and Resume building(external link) are included in LinkedIn Learning.

Safetyhub(external link)
A database of videos dealing with safety related issues in diverse workplaces. Useful resources for anyone interested in health and safety protocols.

New Zealand specific databases

These databases may be useful when you are searching for articles and other documents published in New Zealand or specific to a New Zealand context.

Australia New Zealand Reference Centre(external link)
A collection of journals, magazines newspapers and other resources published in Australia and New Zealand.

Digital New Zealand(external link)  
This database aggregates New Zealand-related resources at one place. DigitalNZ includes videos, newspapers, maps, photographs, audio recordings, artworks, news reports, and many other kinds of digital content. Users can access journals related to New Zealand and research theses from academic institutions of this country. Theses and research papers are accessible from the research papers section(external link) and the NZ Research section(external link) of the website.

INNZ Index New Zealand(external link) 
New Zealand Journals indexed by the National Library of New Zealand.

Papers Past(external link)
Papers past is a service provided by National Library of New Zealand which offers full text access to New Zealand Newspapers, magazines, letters and diaries, and parliamentary papers.

Research Bank(external link)
This is an open research repository that includes research, mainly theses and dissertations,  produced by students and staff while affiliated with Unitec, Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), Otago Polytechnic, Toi Ohomai and Southern Institute of Technology (SIT),which are part of Te pūkenga. This repository includes mainly recent research produced by these institutions. For a more comprehensive coverage of research produced in New Zealand see the research papers section(external link) and the NZ Research section(external link) of Digital NZ(external link)

Te Ara - The encyclopaedia of New Zealand(external link)
A guide to our peoples, natural environment, history, culture, economy and society.

The Treaty of Waitangi Collection(external link) - BWB eBooks 
This collection includes books that cover diverse aspects of the Treaty of Waitangi. Bridget Williams Collection also covers many other collections including critical issues collection(external link) and texts collection(external link), which explores issues related to New Zealand from an in depth perspective.

Trove-Australia(external link)
Trove is a discovery tool that focuses upon Australia. It is run by a collaborative network of the National Library of Australia and hundreds of Partner organisations around Australia.

Waitangi Tribunal(external link)
Access to Waitangi Tribunal reports - browse, or search full text.

Recommended websites

Basic Mathematics(external link)
Designed for anyone who needs a basic understanding of mathematics concepts and operations, presented in clear, simple terms. IXL learning's maths section(external link) is also a good resource. Wolfram Mathworld(external link), a free mathematics resource from Wolfram Research  and Mathpages(external link) provide advanced mathematics learning resources.

BBC Skillswise(external link)
Games, quizzes, tests and audio visual resources for adults who wish to learn and revise essential job skills, maths and English

Careers NZ - Mana rapuara Aotearoa(external link)
A government organisation and the leading provider of independent career information, advice and guidance in New Zealand.

Collins Online Dictionary and Thesaurus(external link)

Skills you need: Helping you develop life skills(external link)
Covers many everyday life skills including communication, writing, numeracy, employment skills.

Te Ara - The Encyclopedia of New Zealand(external link)
A guide to NZ society, history, natural environment, culture, and economy.

Read any book(external link)
Choose from a range of genres e.g. fiction, non-fiction, children's literature, poetry and read or download any book for free.

Worksafe New Zealand (external link)
New Zealand's workplace health and safety regulator.

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