HSC Resources

hsc help study group youth areaWelcome to Kiama Libray's HSC resources.

What can we offer HSC students?

  • Join for free (come to the library with some ID and proof of address), and your library card can access many online databases, for free, using our website.
  • A relatively quiet place to get away from home, parents and siblings.
  • HSC Resources @ the library that can be borrowed and access to many online databases.

We have both resources in at the library, and databases online.

Subject Guides

  • Aboriginal FlagIssues In Society journals Stolen Generation, Indigenous Australians and the law, Native Title, indigenous health (300.994/ISS)
  • Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia (R305.89915)
  • The health and welfare of Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples Brian Pink (R362.0422)
  • Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia David Horton (R994.00499)
  • Useful Non-fiction sections 305.8991 and 994.6

Useful websites:

libguides.csu.edu.au/HSC/HSIE Resources, information and advice, that will help you prepare for your HSC.

www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au Follow the links to the Modern History syllabus.

UQ HSC Resources: goo.gl/5U6XHi Comprehensive list of sites for different Modern History topics, arranged by topic.

trove.nla.gov.au Search over 500m Australian and online resources: books, images, newspapers, maps, archives & more.

www.abs.gov.au Australian Bureau of Statistics.

www.nntt.gov.au Fact sheets about Native Title in Australia.

www.multiculturalaustralia.edu.au One of Australia's leading sources of quality educational resources on multiculturalism.

aiatsis.gov.au A world-renowned research organisation. They promote knowledge and understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures, traditions, languages and stories, past and present.

www.dnathan.com/VL/index.php Annotated resources for 60 Aboriginal languages.

Online Databases:

  • Go to the Kiama Library website
  • Hover over the Resources tab at the top
  • Hover over the Online Resources tab
  • Click on Databases
  • Go to EBSCO databases and follow the links
You will need a Kiama Library card to access these; your membership number is under the barcode.

Then, use ‘search’ to select a range of databases (eg Australia/New Zealand Reference Centreto research your topic!

www2.sl.nsw.gov.au/eresources/ The State Library of NSW can be joined for free. You can apply online for a Readers Card to access databases through their eresources.

Some great examples include Australasian Literature: Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, Informit Indigenous Collection and the Aboriginal studies WWW Virtual Library. 

Also, the National Library of Australia has great eresources at www.nla.gov.au/app/eresources

Or, search trove.nla.gov.au - over 500m Australian and online resources: books, images, newspapers, maps, archives & more.

  • hsc ancient history pompeiiCities of Vesuvius: Pompeii & Herculaneum Pamela Bradley (HSC 937.7)
  • Houses and society in Pompeii and Herculaneum Andrew Wallace-Hadrill (HSC 937.7)
  • History of the Ancient & Medieval World Henk Dijkstra (930)
  • History Today A magazine that may have articles on your topic.
  • A Short history of Ancient Egypt T. G. H. James (932.01)
  • Archaeology of the Dreamtime Josephine Flood (994.01)
  • Excel Ancient History books in HSC Express, and a range of books on ancient history are at 930.

Useful websites:

openlibrary.org Searchable index of peer reviewed books published under open access.

www.base-search.net More than 100 million documents, from more than 5,000 sources.

libguides.csu.edu.au/HSC This guide offers resources, information and advice, that will help you prepare for your HSC.

digitalhumanities.umass.edu/pbmp/ The Pompeii Bibliography and Mapping Project is devoted to all things about Pompeii. It is designed to be an online repository on the ancient city.

pompeiiinpictures.com ‘Pompeii in Pictures’ is a complete photographic plan of ancient Pompeii as it is today.

www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au Follow the links to the Ancient History syllabus.

www.sl.nsw.gov.au/hsc-history-extension Top tips and award winning essays from HSC History Extension students.

UQ HSC Resources: goo.gl/6mPqyJ Comprehensive list of sites for different Ancient History topics, arranged by country.

Online Databases:

  • Go to the Kiama Library website
  • Hover over the Resources tab at the top
  • Hover over the Online Resources tab
  • Click on Databases
  • Go to EBSCO databases and follow the links

You will need a Kiama Library card to access these; your membership number is under the barcode.

Then, use ‘search’ to select a range of databases (eg MasterFILE Complete) to research your topic!

The State Library of NSW can be joined for free. You can apply online for a Readers Card to access databases through their eresourceswww2.sl.nsw.gov.au/eresources/

Some great examples include Periodicals Archive Online, JSTOR , Internet Ancient History Sourcebook and Perseus Digital Library.

  • hsc biology bee on flowersEncyclopaedia of Life Sciences (R570.3)
  • Collins Dictionary of Biology (R574.03)
  • Excel Biology guide (HSC Express)
  • Magazines: New Scientist, Scientific American, Cosmos,Earth Garden, ReNew and Australian Geographic.

Useful websites:

www.actionbioscience.org/ Covers topics such as biodiversity, biotechnology, environment, genomics, evolution and science policy.

www.environment.gov.au/topics Topics include; The Cleaner Environment Plan, Biodiversity, Heritage, Marine, Sustainable communities, Water, Environment protection, Land, National Parks and Science and research.

www.biodiversitylibrary.org The Biodiversity Heritage Library works collaboratively to make biodiversity literature openly available to the world as part of a global biodiversity community.

Atlas of Living Australia A collaborative, national project that aggregates biodiversity data and is available for free.

trove.nla.gov.au Search over 500m Australian and online resources: books, images, newspapers, maps, archives & more.

www.aims.gov.au Conducts research into tropical marine environments and their living aquatic resources.

hsc.sca.nsw.gov.au/biology/introduction This Sydney Catchment Authority page provides info on how biologists work to ensure clean drinking water for the community to help control disease .

www.ozcoasts.gov.au Provides comprehensive information about our coast, including its estuaries and climate change impact.

Online Databases:

  • Go to the Kiama Library website
  • Hover over the Resources tab at the top
  • Hover over the Online Resources tab
  • Click on Databases
  • Go to EBSCO databases and follow the links
You will need a Kiama Library card to access these; your membership number is under the barcode.

Research your topic by using ‘search’ to select the best databases (eg Science Reference Center).

The State Library of NSW can be joined for free. You can apply online for a Readers Card to access databases through their eresourceswww2.sl.nsw.gov.au/eresources/

Some examples include Science in Context (Gale), Science Reference Center, The Conversation, Understanding Evolution,  and Public Library of Science.  

Also, the National Library of Australia has great eresources at www.nla.gov.au/app/eresources

Some examples include Australian Plant Image Index, Online Zoological Collections of Australian Museums, and Australia’s Virtual Herbarium.

  • hsc chemistry labChemistry in the marketplace (540)
  • Excel Chemistry guides (HSC Express)
  • Magazines: New Scientist, Scientific American, Cosmos, Earth Garden, ReNew and Australian Geographic.

Useful websites:

scienceworld.wolfram.com/chemistry Eric Weisstein's World of Science contains budding encyclopaedias of astronomy, scientific biography, chemistry, and physics.

Buffer pH CalculatorA recipe calculator for thermodynamically correct buffers for pH control.

www.springeropen.com 200+ peer reviewed fully open access journals across all areas of science.

www.chemspider.com A free chemical structure database providing fast text and structure search access to over 63 million structures from hundreds of data sources.

www.chemsynthesis.com A freely accessible database of chemicals; it details their synthesis references and physical properties such as melting point, boiling point and density.

webbook.nist.gov/chemistry Contains thermochemical data for over 7000 organic and small inorganic compounds.

www.organic-chemistry.org Offers an overview of recent topics, interesting reactions, and information on important chemicals for organic chemists.

phet.colorado.eduFree interactive math and science simulations. PhET sims are based on extensive education and research.

www.rsc.org/periodic-table Interactive periodic table with history, alchemy, videos, and data trends across the periodic table.

Online Databases:

  • Go to the Kiama Library website
  • Hover over the Resources tab at the top
  • Hover over the Online Resources tab
  • Click on Databases
  • Go to EBSCO databases and follow the links

You will need a Kiama Library card to access these; your membership number is under the barcode.

Research your topic by using ‘search’ to select the best databases (eg Science Reference Center).

The State Library of NSW can be joined for free. You can apply online for a Readers Card to access databases through their eresourceswww2.sl.nsw.gov.au/eresources/

Some examples include Biodiversity Heritage Library, Science in Context (Gale), Science Reference Center, and Public Library of Science.  

Also, the National Library of Australia has great eresources at www.nla.gov.au/app/eresources

Some examples include Atlas of Living Australia, PLoS Public Library of Science and Australian Academy of Science.

  • hsc english romeo julietHSC Study Guides on a variety of related texts.
  • Excel English and Advanced English books
  • English studies at 820
  • Australian poetry at A821.3                   
  • Shakespeare and other literature at 822.33
  • Shakespeare audiobooks
  • Get reading and find your related texts today!

Useful websites:

guides.sl.nsw.gov.au/ State Library of NSW HSC English Research Guide.

libguides.library.usyd.edu.au/Discovery List of resources by the University of Sydney.

libguides.csu.edu.au/HSC This guide will offer you resources, information and advice, that will help you during preparation for your HSC.

www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/ Follow the links to the English page.

Edufind.com A collection of free English learning resources designed to help you study whatever aspect of conversational English you are interested in.

Illuminating Shakespeare : Oxford University Press This site explores the themes and settings of Shakespeare's plays. It has topic pages which cover film interpretations, women in Tudor England, religion, money, and literature of the period.

Pinterest : HSC English - Discovery This pinterest page provides a useful visual guide to related material for the topic of Discovery

Online Databases:

Our databases will give you summaries and critiques on many of the English texts, Shakespeare, poetry and novels.

  • Go to the Kiama Library website
  • Hover over the Resources tab at the top
  • Hover over the Online Resources tab
  • Click on Databases
  • Go to EBSCO databases and follow the links

You will need a Kiama Library card to access these; your membership number is under the barcode.

The State Library of NSW has put together some great resources for HSC English students: www.sl.nsw.gov.au/learning/schools-and-teachers

You can also apply online for a free Readers Card to access databases through eresources at the State Library of NSW www2.sl.nsw.gov.au/eresources/

Some great examples include Austlit, Eighteenth Century Journals, Early English Books Online, Shakespeare Collection, and Literature Resource Center.

  • hsc legal studiesIssues In Society journals Contemporary issues such as criminal justice, globalisation, crime, drugs, human rights, indigenous issues, health, environment and ethics.
  • Find Legal Answers collection Covering assessment subjects such as human rights, government, family, crime, disadvantage, workplace law, land law, criminal law and environmental law.
  • Excel Legal Studies guide (HSC Express)

Useful websites:

australia.gov.au An Australian Government gateway to information with links for law & justice websites.

www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au Follow the links to the Legal Studies syllabus.

UQ HSC Resources Comprehensive list of sites for Legal Studies, with links to Australian legal databases and topics such as criminology and domestic violence.

trove.nla.gov.au Search over 500m Australian and online resources: books, images, newspapers, maps, archives & more.

www.hcourt.gov.au/ Contains judgements, case transcripts and information on the High Court.

www.legislation.gov.au An Australian government site that provides copies of Commonwealth  legislation & related documents.

Key internet links on law Provides links to law-related resources on the web.

www.aph.gov.au Information about the House of Representatives, Senate and more.

Online Databases:

  • Go to the Kiama Library website
  • Hover over the Resources tab at the top
  • Hover over the Online Resources tab
  • Click on Databases
  • Go to EBSCO databases and follow the links

You will need a Kiama Library card to access these; your membership number is under the barcode.

Then, use ‘search’ to select a range of databases (eg Australia/New Zealand Reference Centreto research your topic!

The State Library of NSW can be joined for free. You can apply online for a Readers Card to access databases through their eresourceswww2.sl.nsw.gov.au/eresources/

Some examples include Oxford Reference Online: Law, Australian Torts Cases, Family Law Library, New South Wales Legislation, and NSW Law Almanacs (1886-2012 except 2002).

Check out their great Legal Studies guide at: guides.sl.nsw.gov.au/legal-studies-hsc

Also, the National Library of Australia has great eresources at www.nla.gov.au/app/eresources

  • hsc modern history trenches warCambridge Encyclopedia of Russia Brown, Kaser and Smith (947.0003)
  • Grolier Library of WWI (R940.303)
  • The landing at Anzac: 1915 Chris Roberts (940.426)
  • The End of Apartheid: Diary of a Revolution Robin Renwick (968.06)
  • Cold War Jeremy Isaacs (909.825)
  • The Rise and fall of the third Reich William L. Shirer (943.086)
  • Millions like us: women's lives in war and peace Virginia Nicholson (940.53082)
  • Excel Modern History books in HSC Express and Biographies of personalities

Useful websites:

openlibrary.org Searchable index of peer reviewed books published under open access.

www.base-search.net More than 100m documents from 5,000+ sources.

libguides.csu.edu.au/HSC Resources, information and advice, that will help you prepare for your HSC.

www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au Follow the links to the Modern History syllabus.

www.sl.nsw.gov.au/hsc-history-extension Tips & essays from HSC History Extension students.

UQ HSC Resources Comprehensive list of sites for different Modern History topics, arranged by topic.

trove.nla.gov.au Search over 500m Australian and online resources: books, images, newspapers, maps, archives & more.

www.awm.gov.au Australian War Memorial website.

Online Databases:

  • Go to the Kiama Library website
  • Hover over the Resources tab at the top
  • Hover over the Online Resources tab
  • Click on Databases
  • Go to EBSCO databases and follow the links
You will need a Kiama Library card to access these; your membership number is under the barcode.

Then, use ‘search’ to select a range of databases (eg MasterFILE Complete) to research your topic!

The State Library of NSW can be joined for free. You can apply online for a Readers Card to access databases through their eresourceswww2.sl.nsw.gov.au/eresources/

Some great examples include The First World War: Personal Experiences, Women, War, and Society, 1914-1918, World War I Document Archive and The Commonwealth War Graves Commission . 

Also, the National Library of Australia has great eresources at www.nla.gov.au/app/eresources

  • hsc PDHPE hurdlesIssues In Society journals Contemporary Australian issues such as families, health, violence, immigration, parenting (300.994)
  • Excel PDHPE guides in HSC Express
  • Sports nutrition books (613.2)

Useful websites:

www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au Follow the links to the PDHPE syllabus.

libguides.csu.edu.au/HSC/ Resources, information and advice, that will help you prepare for your HSC.

www.aihw.gov.au The AIHW is Australia's national agency for health and welfare statistics and information. Topics covered include: ageing and aged care, housing and homelessness, population health, alcohol and other drugs, mortality, diabetes and hospitals.

www.nutritionaustralia.org/national/food-and-nutrition Evidence-based nutrition information, and a number of resources to keep you informed with what's new in nutrition.

www.abs.gov.au Electronic copies of ABS publications and statistical tables are free. Also provides access to a growing collection of historical statistics.

www.healthline.com/human-body-maps BodyMaps is an interactive visual search tool that allows users to explore the human body in 3D.

apo.org.au/collections/ageing-society Covers topics such as nursing home care, ageing well, advance medical directives, elder abuse, human rights and social services.

www.csiro.au/en/Research/Health CSIRO work to prevent illnesses, develop a better understanding of diseases, and improve treatment and recovery in a range of medical conditions.

Online Databases:

  • Go to the Kiama Library website
  • Hover over the Resources tab at the top
  • Hover over the Online Resources tab
  • Click on Databases
  • Go to EBSCO databases and follow the links

You will need a Kiama Library card to access these; your membership number is under the barcode. Research your topic by using ‘search’ to select the best databases (eg Aus/NZ Reference Centre).

The State Library of NSW can be joined for free. You can apply online for a Readers Card to access databases through their eresourceswww2.sl.nsw.gov.au/eresources/

Some examples include Consumer Health Complete, Informit Health Collection, ProQuest Health and Medical Complete and druginfo@yourlibrary

Also, the National Library of Australia has great eresources at www.nla.gov.au/app/eresources

Some examples include Australian Sport Database, Families & Society Collection and AusportMed.

  • hsc physics water dropletFundamentals of Physics, extended (530)
  • The Particle Zoo: the search for the fundamental nature of reality (539.721)
  • Excel Physics guides (HSC Express)

Magazines:

New Scientist, Scientific American, Cosmos, and Australian Geographic.

Useful websites:

www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au Follow the links to the Physics syllabus.

scienceworld.wolfram.com/physics Eric Weisstein's World of Science contains budding encyclopaedias of astronomy, scientific biography, chemistry, and physics.

www.springeropen.com 200+ peer reviewed fully open access journals across all areas of science.

www.efunda.com Concise and reliable information on precise engineering information, formula and their uses.

www.hscphysics.edu.au/resources An interdisciplinary collaboration among experts and academics, helping you understand key topics.

libguides.csu.edu.au/HSC/science Resources, information and advice, that will help you prepare for your HSC.

Link One and Link TwoPhysics syllabus summary, advice and tips by Ian Cooper, Honorary Lecturer School of Physics USYD.

www.khanacademy.org Offers practice exercises and instructional videos that empower learners to study at their own pace.

www.cpepweb.org Contemporary Physics Education Project provides information on the fundamental nature of matter and energy, plasma physics, fusion, and nuclear science.

Online Databases:

  • Go to the Kiama Library website
  • Hover over the Resources tab at the top
  • Hover over the Online Resources tab
  • Click on Databases
  • Go to EBSCO databases and follow the links

You will need a Kiama Library card to access these; your membership number is under the barcode. Research your topic by using ‘search’ to select the best databases (eg Science Reference Center).

The State Library of NSW can be joined for free. You can apply online for a Readers Card to access databases through their eresourceswww2.sl.nsw.gov.au/eresources/

Some examples include Informit Engineering Collection, SciCentral, Science in Context (Gale) and Science Reference Center.

Also, the National Library of Australia has great eresources at www.nla.gov.au/app/eresources

Some examples include Australian Building Construction and Engineering Database and PLoS Public Library of Science.

  • hsc society and cultureAward-winning Personal Interest Projects See information below
  • Issues In Society journals Contemporary Australian issues such as families, health, violence, immigration, parenting (300.994)
  • The world until yesterday: what can we learn from traditional societies (305.89/DIA)
  • Reconciliation: searching for Australia's soul (291.440994)
  • The little red yellow black book : an introduction to Indigenous Australia (305.89915)
  • Other resources on popular culture, beliefs, leisure, communication, multicultural Australia and social identity are available in our collection.

Useful websites:

www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au Follow the links to the Society and Culture syllabus.

libguides.csu.edu.au/HSC/ Resources, information and advice, that will help you prepare for your HSC.

Women's History Sourcebook The Historical Study of Women, Human Origins, Ancient Egypt, Great Women, Women's Oppression, The Structure of Women's Lives, Women's Agency, Gender Construction, Feminism etc.

www.abs.gov.au Electronic copies of ABS publications and statistical tables are free. Also provides access to a growing collection of historical statistics.

Society and Culture Association The SCA is a valuable network for teachers and students to share resources and expertise throughout New South Wales.

Online Databases:

  • Go to the Kiama Library website
  • Hover over the Resources tab at the top
  • Hover over the Online Resources tab
  • Click on Databases
  • Go to EBSCO databases and follow the links
You will need a Kiama Library card to access these; your membership number is under the barcode. Research your topic by using ‘search’ to select the best databases (eg Aus/NZ Reference Centre).

The State Library of NSW can be joined for free. You can apply online for a Readers Card to access databases through their eresourceswww2.sl.nsw.gov.au/eresources/

Some examples include Informit Families & Society Collection, Multicultural Australia and Immigration Studies, ProQuest Social Science Journals, and Making Multicultural Australia.

Also, the National Library of Australia has great eresources at www.nla.gov.au/app/eresources

Some examples include AIATSIS Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, Archives of human sexuality and identity- LGBTQ history and culture since 1940, and Australian Data Archive.

hsc visual arts painting albertMagazines:

  • Art & Australia
  • Australian Artist
  • Australian Photography

Reference Encyclopedias:

  • Oxford Companion to Aboriginal Art (R700.899915)
  • Art: A World History (R709)
  • A History of Modern Art (R709.04)
  • Encyclopedia of Australian Art (R709.04)
  • Australian Aboriginal Paintings (R759.994 )
  • Styles, Schools and Movements (709.04003)

Useful websites:

libguides.csu.edu.au/HSC/arts Resources, information and advice, that will help you prepare for your HSC.

www.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au Follow the links to the Visual Arts syllabus.

UQ HSC Resources Comprehensive list of sites for Visual Arts, with links to galleries, museums and topics.

trove.nla.gov.au Search over 500m Australian and online resources: books, images, newspapers, maps, archives & more.

www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/research/ Art Gallery of New South Wales

www.mca.com.au Museum of Contemporary Art

nga.gov.au National Gallery of Australia

maas.museum Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

www.getty.edu/research/ Includes access to large indexes such as BHA and RILA. The Getty also has a museum homepage and an art education site.

mona.net.au/# Museum of Old and New Art, Hobart, Tasmania.

Online Databases:

  • Go to the Kiama Library website
  • Hover over the Resources tab at the top
  • Hover over the Online Resources tab
  • Click on Databases
  • Go to EBSCO databases and follow the links

You will need a Kiama Library card to access these; your membership number is under the barcode.

Then, use ‘search’ to select a range of databases (eg Australia/New Zealand Reference Centreto research your topic!

The State Library of NSW can be joined for free. You can apply online for a Readers Card to access databases through their eresourceswww2.sl.nsw.gov.au/eresources/

Choose ProQuest or Oxford ART Online for a large range of resources.

Some examples include Photography: The World through the Lens 1800-1899, Artcyclopedia - The Guide to Great Art on the Internet, the Australian Cinema and Theatre Database, and Oxford Art Online.

Also, the National Library of Australia has great eresources at www.nla.gov.au/app/eresources

 

Other HSC Resources 

printeron app

Do you have an assignment to print, and your home printer has died? You can send us your document using online services or using an app to send your print job to the library to pick up. Costs apply.

Sometimes Apple-format documents don't work, so make sure the file is a pdf or other format.

hsc help study groupEvery year we hold a series of tutorials for HSC students around May/June, and a Lock In open study evening just before the exams start in October. Keep an eye on the 'Events' page or contact Kiama Library for more information.
hsc pips photoAward-winning PIPs are available to view at Kiama Library from the last several years. These have achieved a High Distinction mark. You cannot borrow or photocopy them at all, but you can read them here in the library and get an idea of the level of research needed to get great marks.

double kiama library cardYou can join online for a Kiama library card, but you will need to come in with some ID that proves where you live. You can borrow library material for one month.

You can use your Kiama Library card to join OR register for a State Library "Blue" Card which gives you access to heaps of online databases.