These resources are a good place to start your information search on most topics, and are particularly useful for undergraduate students.

You may also want to check the resources listed in the Subject Guide for your area.

Books & Ebooks

Books usually provide the most comprehensive information on a subject and can give you a good overview of your topic, essential background information and plenty of explanation.

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Search Discover to find Library books, journals, DVDs & other material.

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Searches across the full-text content of a huge range of books. You can then check by searching Discover to see if the book is held by Massey University Library or BONUS+.

Articles (journals, newspapers, magazines)

Journal articles provide up-to-date research and information on specific topics. Articles can be found in various types of journals, including scholarly/academic, trade/industry, popular magazines, and newspapers.

Arrow If you have a topic you need to find articles on, search one or more of the General Resources article databases.

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Legal guidelines about how and by whom Library-subscribed article databases may be used.

Background Information

These general encyclopedias provide short overviews of most topics.

Arrow ScienceDirect Reference Works
Search in one or all of these encyclopedias, covering most topics.
Tip: use the search box under Reference Works, rather than at the top of the page.

Arrow Oxford Reference Online Premium
Concise entries covering a range of topics including English Dictionaries and Thesauri.

Concepts & Definitions

These dictionaries provide short definitions of words.

Arrow Oxford English Dictionary
The classic work for words in English. Covers pronunciation, how the word is used in context, and the etymology (origin & history) of each word.

Arrow Cambridge Dictionaries Online
Choose from a range of dictionaries published by Cambridge University Press.


Arrow Contains significant New Zealand content The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography
Over 3,000 biographies of New Zealanders who have 'made their mark' on this country. It does not include people who are alive.

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