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:
Access Australia Newsbank and World News [eresource]
Access Australia includes content from over 500 of the most popular Australian daily, weekly and Sunday newspapers, as well as hard-to-find community, regional and rural titles.
ProQuest Australia & New Zealand Newsstream [eresource]
ProQuest Australia & New Zealand Newsstream offers access to leading Australian and New Zealand newspapers. Includes content from Fairfax Australia, Fairfax New Zealand, News Limited, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and AAP Newswire.
Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre (EBSCO)
The Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre (ANZRC) contains Australia/New Zealand magazines, newspapers and newswires, reference books, biographies, photographs, maps and flags.
Factiva is a full-text news and financial information database of publications from Australian and international sources in 22 languages from 118 countries including newspapers, magazines, company and industry reports, newswires, pictures, and websites.
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.
Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre (EBSCO) [eresource]
In addition to newspapers, this database includes a significant collection of magazine content. Full-text articles from a range of sporting magazines are available, including:
- Rugby League Week (2002–2017)
- Soccer Digest (1998–2003)
- Runner’s World (1990–present)
- Inside Rugby (2002–2015)
- Ride BMX (2001–2017)
- Horse & Rider (1991–present)
This complete database of Australasian content searches across a number of subject-based databases, and includes excellent sporting coverage.
PressReader (formerly Library PressDisplay) [eresource]
PressReader is a web-based portal which provides access to 60-day back issues of over 7000 newspapers and magazines from more than 82 countries in 60 languages. This includes a sporting section with current and recent editions of magazines covering general sport, basketball, golf, surfing, cricket, and much more.
ProQuest Central [eresource]
ProQuest Central contains a broad range of scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, books, newspapers, reports and videos. It covers over 160 subjects including business, health, technology, social science and literature.
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:
One of Informit’s key strengths is that it focuses on Australian content, meaning you are more likely to find articles on Australian sporting issues via Informit then in American databases such as EBSCO or ProQuest.
JSTOR (Arts & Sciences Collection) [eresource]
JSTOR is an interdisciplinary digital archive of scholarly material in the social sciences and humanities and the sciences. The State Library subscribes to the Arts & Sciences Collections Parts I-IX and the Nineteenth Century British Pamphlets collection.
ProQuest Central [eresource]
ProQuest Central contains a broad range of scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, books, newspapers, reports and videos.
The business of sport
IBISWorld contains approximately 500 industry research reports. The reports consist of industry overviews, performance, products and markets, major companies, operating conditions and key statistics. In addition, it has research reports for the top 2000 Australian companies including listed and non-listed public companies.
Morningstar DatAnalysis [eresource]
Morningstar DatAnalysis provides comprehensive financial information on ASX listed companies including company reports, historical shares prices and market capitalisation, individual directors’ report, shareholders’ trading history, financial data and direct link to announcements.