Sport Collections

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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


The Library’s collection extends far beyond the walls of our reading rooms and galleries, with access to millions of articles available to NSW residents at home through our eResources — a collection of academic and reference databases, eReading platforms and more.

Accessing online resources 

Membership of the State Library of NSW is open to all, but access to our eResources is limited to residents of NSW. Proof of NSW residency is established when you sign up for a Library card, either by showing identification at a service point, or by receiving your card in the mail. Alternatively, register a NSW public library card for access to our eResources.

What can I find?

Newspapers — recent

The Library’s eResources include a range of databases which provide full-text coverage of newspapers from Australia and around the world. This includes databases dedicated to a single publication such as The Sydney Morning Herald, The Daily Mail and The Times. Others include a range of full-text articles from a wide variety of different titles. Among the most useful aggregated databases are the following:

Newspapers — historic

In an Australian context, in most cases Trove is the best place to go for historic newspaper coverage, with millions of newspapers articles covering the years 1803-1954. The Library’s eResource collection includes many databases providing full-text access to historical newspaper articles. This includes major titles from the US and the UK, in some cases going back to the 17th century. 

To browse a list of relevant databases, see our Historical Newspapers page.


Also included in our databases is magazine coverage from around the world. 

Journal articles

Our eResources collection includes access to millions of high-quality academic articles that aren’t freely available online. Journal articles often provide coverage of more recent issues than books, while also providing historical perspectives. Useful databases for sports research through academic journal articles include the following:

The business of sport

Search tip: database searching

Most catalogues/databases offer the ability to refine your search beyond advanced searching via several search tips which are not always apparent to the novice researcher. Below are some tips to help you get the most out of whatever online resource you are searching.

Here are some of our top tips for using databases:

  • Use ‘quotation marks’ for exact phrase searching eg. ‘drug testing’ 
  • Use ADVANCED search options to combine words using AND, OR, NOT
  • Use asterisks (*) for wildcards - alternative endings of words eg. sport* = sport, sports and sporting
  • 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
  • Use the ‘Help’ section of the database to get more tips on ways of structuring your searches.