English - HSC

Finding books and other resources in the Library

Using the library catalogue

Use the library catalogue to find material in the Library's collections including published, unpublished material and eresources like ebooks. Get a Library card to request and use material from the Library’s collections. 

We’re a reference library so we can't lend to you. Books you have requested will be reserved for you for 7 days on LG2 in the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room, and can usually be renewed several times.

You can borrow some of the Library's books and other collection material through other libraries, including some books published overseas. Speak to your public library about requesting an interlibrary loan.

Find useful English resources on the reference shelf in the HSC Info collection on LG2. These include the Young Writers' Showcase, a selection of the highest scoring major works presented by English Extension 2 students, and reference books on literature.

You don’t need a Library card to use this material on the shelves in the reading rooms.

Search tips for the catalogue
  • Select Search Scope: Everything except articles
  • Use Advanced Search to combine more than one search word. For example: 

  • When searching for an author, enter surname first (eg. Atwood, Margaret)
  • Sign in to the catalogue to request material
  • Look at subject headings within your search results to link to other titles on the subject. Sometimes the subject headings used are different than common usage and can give you other terms to use in your searches. 

For more information on how to search check out our Help page.

Critics' picks

Find the best new books and recent magazines from Australia and around the world in our Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room. There are over 1,000 new books available to browse and read in our Critics’ Picks section on LG1 and LG2. Books are organised by subjects such as Literature and Language (on LG1); Social Sciences and Current Affairs; Business and Politics; Science, Technology and Medicine; Arts and Recreation, and History, Geography and Travel.

Why not use them as inspiration for choosing your extended reading and research?

Most books have been reviewed by top critics, including the Australian Book Review, New York Review of Books, the Times Literary Supplement and the London Review of Books.

New literature and language books

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