You can access a large number of article databases online using the State Library of Victoria website. Victorian residents can sign up to become a member for free, allowing you access to online databases. (If you’re not a Victorian resident, have a look at your local, state or national library service to see what’s available. They’re likely to provide similar services and use similar terms, so you can follow the same process as outlined below.)
Watch these videos to find out about accessing the State Library’s newspaper and article databases.
Researching newspapers (around 3 minutes)
Online databases (3 minutes)
How to access the State Library of Victoria article databases
On the left hand side of the State Library of Victoria’s home page under the heading ‘Get to know your library’, select the link ‘Access eresources from home’ (for this exercise go to ‘Multi-subject databases’ and then select EBSCO (Academic Search Premier and Master File Premier).
Once you have selected the database (eg. Multi-subject databases) you’ll be redirected to a login screen where it asks for your barcode and surname. Hopefully you’ve had a chance to register with SLV. If you’ve received a card or notification in the post, you can enter your seven digit barcode number at this point.
Once EBSCO is open, take a look at the search options and look for articles relating to one of the concepts covered so far in the PLN program which interests you.
Related resources – ergo
The ergo website is another resource from the State Library of Victoria. The site is designed for students, with guides to essay writing, research and study skills as well as over 700 digitised resources from the Library’s collections. You can explore digitised items, grouped by historical subject in the Explore History section. There are also a number of tips about research skills, organising information and essay writing in the Learn skills section. Take a look at ergo and share your thoughts on how it could be used.