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Databases and Websites


Carter's Price Guide to Antiques and Collectables
Up to date prices on antiquities, antiques, collectables, retro and 20th century design.


Choosing Wisely
Australian medical colleges and societies offer recommendations on tests, treatments, and procedures. Each recommendation is based on the best available evidence, and is intended as a guide for a doctor and patient to work together on an appropriate healthcare plan.

Cochrane Library
Independent high-quality evidence for health care decision making, recognised as the best single source of information on the effects of health care.

Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module
Provides carefully compiled and trusted medical reference articles and pamphlets, plus Australian websites for groups supporting those with medical conditions.

Health Direct Australia
Your gateway to quality, trusted health information on health topics such as diabetes, cancer, mental health and asthma.

Internet Safety

Stay Smart Online
The Government's cyber security website. Stay Smart Online provides simple, easy to understand advice on how to protect yourself online as well as up-to-date information on the latest online threats and how to respond.


AustLII - Australasian Legal Information Institute
Legislation and court judgements for Commonwealth, States and Territories.

Family Law Courts
Everything to help with separation and divorce, children's matters, property and money matters, court orders, family violence and court appeals.

Suncoast Community Legal Service
Face-to-face consultations, information, referrals and assistance in filling out forms, from centres throughout the Sunshine Coast.


Alexander Street
Music scores, classical, jazz and popular music, dance, theatre and film with audio and video streaming. Search by institution name – Sunshine Coast Libraries, and enter your library card number.


Better Reading
Find new books that won’t let you down. Lists of favourites and award winners presented by the team behind Get Reading! and The Book Circle.

Fantastic Fiction
Over 20,000 bestselling authors and series.

Good Reads
Meet your next favourite book. Search by genre and lists, find Australian authors and interact with other readers online.

Good Reading Online Hub for Book Lovers
Everything about books.

Good Reading Digital Edition
The latest issue of Good Reading magazine.

Literature Resource Center
A comprehensive online literary site.

Stop, You're Killing Me!
A resource for lovers of mystery, crime, thriller, spy and suspense books.

Select fiction on sliding scales of likes and dislikes.

Who else writes like...!
Looking for reading suggestions? Search by favourite authors to find a selection of similar authors. Search via genre to find new favourite authors.  To login, enter your library card number.


Australian Dictionary of Biography
Australia's leading dictionary of national biography, find descriptions of the lives of significant people from Australian history.

Britannica Library
Trustworthy information presented at three learning levels for kids, teens and adults. To login, enter your library card number.

Gale Virtual Reference Library
Includes a broad database of encyclopedias and specialised reference sources. To login, enter your library card number.

State Library Queensland
Find information from a range of eResources – online databases, eBooks, newspapers, journal articles and encyclopedias.

A discovery service focused on Australia, Australians, and items found in Australian collecting institutions. If you are researching in the fields of the social sciences, literature, local or family history, or need inspiration for your school assignment, then this is the tool for you.

An online encyclopedia with Australian content.

World Book online
Online research tools including encyclopedia articles, primary source collections, educator tools, student activities, pictures, audio, and video, complemented by current periodicals and related web sites.


Access Science
Find high-quality and up-to-date information covering all major scientific disciplines, drawn from the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology and the McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology. Learn from articles, plus images and animations illustrating key topics.

ProQuest Science Journals
An impressive collection of scientific journals in full text and image formats.

Writing and Publishing

Australian Society of Authors
Advocates for the rights of professional authors, and offers excellent advice on self-publishing, digital publishing, writing for children’s and other markets, and writing your family history.

International Standard Book Number
Every self-publisher needs an ISBN to identify and help market their book.

Project Gutenberg Self-Publishing Portal
A free Authors Community Cloud Library, for authors to share their works with readers, and for readers to provide feedback to authors.

Queensland Writers Centre
Supports the writing community of Queensland, promoting skills development and professional practice.

Editors Queensland (EdsQ)
Find an editor from this association of editors and other professionals in publishing and communications.