Society and Culture - HSC

A guide to resources for HSC Society and Culture especially for researching for your Personal Interest Projects (PIPs).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander visitors are kindly advised that this website includes images, sounds and names of people who have passed.

All users should be aware that some topics or historical content may be culturally sensitive, offensive or distressing, and that some images may contain nudity or are of people not yet identified. Certain words, terms or descriptions may reflect the author's/creator's attitude or that of the period in which they were written, but are now considered inappropriate in today's context.

Key to library resources

Access anywhere with a library card In the Library (or anywhere with a Library card for NSW residents)
Available to access in the library Only in the Library
Publicly available online Publicly available

Finding Books


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Using the button above, you can search through the Library's entire collection, ranging from:

  • Published works, like books & reports
  • Unpublished material, like photographs & maps
  • Eresources like ebooks and journal articles – accessible from anywhere

Get a Library card to request and use material from the Library’s collections.

We’re a reference library, not a lending library:

  • Books and other materials must be used onsite at the Library
  • Books you have requested will be reserved for 7 days on Lower Ground 2 (LG2) in the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room
  • You can borrow some books on interlibrary loan through your public library – speak to your local library

HSC Info collection:

  • Find useful Society & Culture resources on the reference shelf in the HSC Info collection on LG2
  • These include award-winning PIPs from previous years, the Issues in Society series, and reference books
  • You don’t need a Library card to use any material on the Reading Room shelves

Selected social sciences books