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All users should be aware that some topics or historical content may be culturally sensitive, offensive or distressing, and that some images may contain nudity or are of people not yet identified.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

Newspapers and media

Our newspaper eresources are an easy way to find :

  • Current articles about social issues being discussed in the media such as immigration, education and religion.
  • Discussion about government reports and statistics which can be useful to support your research arguments. 
  • Older newspaper articles which can be useful to see how attitudes have changed, and differences in the way events are reported. 

We also have access to Australian documentaries on a variety of subjects which can give you a wider perspective on your topic. 


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Search tips for using eresources

  • Use “quotation marks” for exact phrase searching eg "social media" 
  • Use ADVANCED search options to combine words using AND, OR,  NOT
  • Use asterisks * for wildcards - alternative endings of words eg. crim* = crime, criminal and criminals
  • Select Full Text search options to find only full text articles
  • Vary your search terms: try synonyms for your topic words eg. youth = teenagers, adolescents, young adults
  • Refine your results by limiting to scholarly or peer-reviewed (for academic level journals evaluated by experts)

Watch your spelling – both for accuracy and American spelling variations.