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EPIC Online Databases

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Matamata-Piako Libraries have joined forces with over 180 New Zealand Libraries to be apart of EPIC (Electronic Purchasing in Collaboration). EPIC gives you access to thousands of high quality electronic publications, including NZ and international full-text journals, newspapers, magazines, photographs and graphics. 

Want to learn more? Click on any of the links below, enter your library card number and search!

News, Magazines and Journals

Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre - EBSCO
The Reference Centre database gives you access to abstracts and articles from international, Australian, and New Zealand magazines and newspapers. It is an excellent resource for those requiring up-to-date world, Australian and New Zealand current events information.

General OneFile
Containing million articles and updated daily, General OneFile is an ideal general research tool with huge topic coverage from contemporary art to science. Articles are available from a wide range of overseas magazines and newspapers.

MasterFILE Premier - EBSCO
This collection provides full text access to articles from over 2000 major international publications such as Time, Newsweek, and New Scientist. It also includes reference and travel works, image collection, biographies and book reviews. Covering virtually every subject area, MasterFILE is ideal for general research enquiries.

New Zealand Index
Use this resource to search for records of New Zealand articles and information that can't easily be found online. New Zealand Index is a unique archive that enables you to search across five separate indexes of NZ newspapers, magazines and journals including:

  • NZ Science indexes NZ scientific publications from 1840 to current day
  • Newzindex covers many NZ journals and major newspapers from 1985 to 2006
  • Newspaper Index media coverage of political and community issues for the decade 1993 - 2003
  • Index Auckland covers sources from Auckland’s beginning to current day community newspapers
  • Index New Zealand over 20 years of indexed records from a wealth of New Zealand publications

Read today's newspapers online in full-colour, full-page format. Over 800 newspapers, from 80 countries in 40 languages, available from New Zealand and around the world.

Arts, Music and Literature

Oxford Art Online (including Grove Art)
The Oxford Art Online gateway provides access not only to Grove Art Online, including the full text of the 34-volume print edition of The Dictionary of Art, but to:

  • The Oxford Companion to Western art
  • The Encyclopedia of Aesthetics
  • Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art Terms
  • Over 2,000 additional colour images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Art Images for College Teaching, and 500 new images of modern and contemporary art, embedded in the text of articles.

Oxford Music Online (including Grove Music)
The Oxford Music Online gateway provides the following resources, which are cross-searchable within Oxford Music Online:

  • Grove Music Online, which includes full text & updated content of the 29-vol. Print edition of New Grove dictionary of Music and Musicians, 2d ed, the 4-vol. New Grove Dictionary of Opera, and 3-vol. New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2d ed.
  • Over 50,000 articles chart the history and culture of music and musicians from around the world, to the present day.
  • For quick reference to music terms and concepts, The Oxford Companion to Music and The Oxford Dictionary of Music are included.
  • There are external links to audio and print materials, and Timelines and Learning resources.

Literature Resource Center – Gale
This database contains critical essays and biographical information on over 100,000 authors, both historical and contemporary. A superb and comprehensive resource for students. It also includes information on major New Zealand authors.

Books & Authors
Find new books to read: search or browse by genre, author, age group, period or theme – or source find current reviews and lists of award winners. Covers young adult and children's fiction as well as some non-fiction.

Business Information

Business Reference Suite – Thomson Gale
Search across three related business and industry focussed databases:

  • Business and Industry a multi-industry database with a global focus on company, industry and product information.
  • Business and Management Practices in depth information on the processes, methods and strategies of managing a business.
  • TableBase provides access to thousands of hard-to-find tables of data for more than 90 industries.

Science, Health & Wellness

Health and Wellness Resource Centre and Alternative Health module - Gale
This database provides authoritative answers to health and medical questions from a huge range of over 700 health/medical journals and pamphlets. It covers topics like mainstream and alternative medicines, nutrition, diet, fitness, and disease. It also includes an online medical encyclopedia and links to relevant websites.

Science Journals (Proquest)
Access the fulltext of over 400 leading science and technology journals. Topics range from Acoustics, to Geology, to Zoology and everything in between!

Homework Help

Discovering Collection - Gale This comprehensive database allows for searching under a range of subjects including history, literature, geography, and biographies. There is also a multimedia gallery containing photographs, graphs, maps, and sound and video clips.

Student Resources In Context- Gale
The Student Resources In Context provides cross-curricular information suitable for senior secondary school students. Students can search topics including history, literature, geography, and biographies. Also available is a multimedia gallery containing photographs, graphs, maps, and sound and video clips.

Virtual Reference Suite
Explore a collection of encyclopedias, almanacs and reference sources. Subjects include health, war, pollution, history, space science, maths, occult, food and fashion.

Who, What, Where, When?

Biography Resource Centre - Gale
This database contains an extensive range of contemporary and historical biographies of notable people including some New Zealanders. It is searchable by name, nationality, and occupation.

Contemporary Women's Issues - Gale
This contains a huge range of articles and reports on women's issues from professional and popular journals, and newspapers. It can be also searched by subject, for example, gender equity.

World History In Context - Gale
Search this database for 20th century history topics history relating to America. It features full text articles from over 100 history journals, and includes primary documents, maps, and images.

Opposing Viewpoints In Context - Gale
Useful database for exploring popular social issues. Opposing Viewpoints In Context is ideal for those wanting information covering both sides of contemporary issues like the GE debate. Includes topical overviews and point-of-view articles. An excellent resource for those wishing to do in-depth investigations about major contentious topics.

Get answers with Dictionaries and Encyclopaedia

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online
Search the online version of Encyclopædia Britannica - including Britannica's Student Encyclopædia, Elementary Encyclopædia for younger students, and the Britannica Concise Encyclopædia. Includes current events, pictures and links to relevant Internet resources.