HSC Resources

hsc help study group youth areaWhat can we offer HSC students?

  • Free membership, enabling you to borrow Excel study guides and other books - check out the 'HSC Express' section of the Youth area.
  • A relatively quiet place to study.
  • Access to many online databases, including EBSCO Host and Britannica Library.

Come along to our free study evenings in July and October before the Trials and HSC exams.  

Subject Guides

  • Aboriginal FlagIssues In Society journals: Stolen Generation, Indigenous Australians and the law, Native Title, health (300.994/ISS)
  • Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia (R305.89915)
  • Indigenous health: power, politics and citizenship, Dominic O’Sullivan (362.849/OSU)
  • Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia: David Horton (R994.00499)
  • Non-fiction sections 305.8991 & 994.6

Useful websites

Charles Sturt Uni HSIE info Resources, information and advice, that will help you prepare for your HSC.

NSW Education Standards Authority Click on the Aboriginal Studies syllabus.

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 This research organization promotes 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 Aboriginal languages.

Aboriginal Studies Association Resources built by teachers that may contain errors/statements not universally agreed upon. So, use with some caution.

Online Databases

  • Go to the Kiama Library website.
  • Hover over the eLibrary menu tab at the top.
  • Click eResources and go to EBSCO Host.

Sign in using your Library card for access; the membership number is under the barcode. Then, use ‘advanced search’ to select a range of databases to research your topic!

The State Library of NSW has free databases you can access using your Kiama Library card, or apply online for a Readers Card.

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

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: Magazine that may have relevant articles.
  • A Short history of Ancient Egypt: T. G. H. James (932.01)
  • The History of Ancient Asia: Meredith Macardle (950.1) General reading
  • Excel Ancient History books in HSC Express, and a range of books 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.

Charles Sturt Uni Ancient History info HSC Resources, information and advice.

The Pompeii Bibliography and Mapping Project is devoted to all things about Pompeii.

pompeiiinpictures.com A complete photographic plan of ancient Pompeii as it is today.

The State Library of NSW has top tips and award winning essays from HSC History Extension students.

Internet History Sourcebooks Project A collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts for educational use.

Click the links through to the NSW Education Standards Authority Ancient History syllabus.

Online Databases
  • Go to the Kiama Library website.
  • Hover over the eLibrary menu tab at the top.
  • Click eResources and go to EBSCO Host.

Sign in using your Library card for access; the membership number is under the barcode. Then, use ‘advanced search’ to select a range of databases to research your topic!

The State Library of NSW has free databases you can access using your Kiama Library card, or apply online for a Readers Card.

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

Also, the National Library of Australia has great eresources

  • hsc biology bee on flowersEncyclopedia 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.biologycorner.com Biology lesson plans, worksheets, tutorials and resources for teachers and students.

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 free, collaborative, national project that aggregates biodiversity data.

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

learn.genetics.utah.edu Useful information and interactive resources for learning about genetics, cell biology, neuroscience, and much more.

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

NSW Education Standards Authority Follow the links to the Biology syllabus.

Online Databases
  • Go to the Kiama Library website
  • Hover over the eLibrary tab at the top
  • Click on the eResources tab
  • Explore our Databases

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 has free databases you can access using your Kiama Library card, or apply online for a Readers Card.

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

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

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.edu Free 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.

NSW Education Standards Authority Follow the links to the Chemistry syllabus.

Online Databases

  • Go to the Kiama Library website.
  • Hover over the eLibrary menu tab at the top.
  • Click eResources and go to EBSCO Host  or Science Reference Center.

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 has free databases you can access using your Kiama Library card, or apply online for a Readers Card.

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

Also, the National Library of Australia has great eresources

Some examples include Atlas of Living Australia and Australian Academy of Science.

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

Useful websites

Charles Sturt university HSC english info This guide will offer you resources, information and advice.

Edufind.com This site provides a useful summary of the elements of grammar.

Illuminating Shakespeare 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, & period literature.

aso.gov.au A site for the teaching of Australian film studies, includes samples, descriptions and analysis of key examples of Australian media.

State Library of NSW HSC English guide Essential resources for HSC English, especially those that are useful for studying the Advanced and Extension courses.

British Library's 'Discovering Literature' Brings to life the social, political & cultural context for key works of literature.

NSW Education Standards Authority Follow the links to the English syllabus page.

English Teachers Association Click on ‘Resources for download’, and have a browse through some info on Australian literature, and other useful resources.
 

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 eLibrary menu tab at the top.
  • Click eResources and scroll to Databases.

Use Novelist to find a supplementary text, and Explora to research specific titles/topics in Arts and literature.

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

The State Library of NSW has free databases you can access using your Kiama Library card, or apply online for a Readers Card.

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

Also, the National Library of Australia has great eresources

  • 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 with links for law & justice websites.

NSW Education Standards Authority Follow the links to the Legal Studies syllabus.

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.austlii.edu.au Provides free Australasian legal materials including legislation, treaties, court decisions, reports and journal articles.

EBE A list of resources compiled by the Economics and Business Educators NSW.

CSU Legal studies resources Check out some additional database links.

State Library of NSW Legal Studies info Here you'll find resources to dive deeper into your legal studies options.

State Library of NSW Crime resources info Hints and tips on researching crimes in media and criminal legal cases.n

Online Databases

  • Go to the Kiama Library website.
  • Hover over the eLibrary menu tab at the top.
  • Click eResources and scroll to EBSCO Host.

Sign in using your Library card for access; the membership number is under the barcode. Then, use ‘advanced search’ to select a range of databases to research your topic!

The State Library of NSW has free databases you can access using your Kiama Library card, or apply online for a Readers Card.

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).

Also, the National Library of Australia has great 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.

NSW Education Standards Authority Follow the links to the Modern History syllabus.

State Library of NSW Tips & essays from HSC History Extension students.

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.

 Internet Modern History Sourcebooks A collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts presented cleanly for educational use.

Online Databases

  • Go to the Kiama Library website
  • Hover over the eLibrary tab at the top
  • Click on eResources and go to EBSCO Host.

Sign in using your Library card for access; the membership number is under the barcode. Then, use ‘advanced search’ to select a range of databases to research your topic!

The State Library of NSW has free databases you can access using your Kiama Library card, or apply online for a Readers Card.

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

  • 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

NSW Education Standards Authority Follow the links to the PDHPE syllabus.

Charles Sturt University PDHPE info 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.

Nutrition Australia 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.

Healthline BodyMaps is an interactive visual search tool that allows users to explore the human body in 3D.

Analysis and Policy Observatory Covers topics such as nursing home care, ageing well, advance medical directives, elder abuse, human rights and social services.

CSIRO 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 eLibrary tab at the top
  • Click on the eResources tab and go to EBSCO Host.

Sign in using your Library card for access; the membership number is under the barcode. Then, use ‘advanced search’ to select a range of databases to research your topic!

The State Library of NSW has free databases you can access using your Kiama Library card, or apply online for a Readers Card.

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

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

NSW Education Standards Authority Follow the links to the Physics syllabus.

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.

Charles Sturt Uni Physics info Resources, information and advice, that will help you prepare for your HSC.

Visual Physics Online Physics 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 eLibrary tab at the top
  • Click on the eResources tab and go to EBSCO Host or Science Reference Center.

Sign in using your Library card for access; the membership number is under the barcode. Then, use ‘advanced search’ to select a range of databases to research your topic!

The State Library of NSW has free databases you can access using your Kiama Library card, or apply online for a Readers Card.

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

Also, the National Library of Australia has great 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

NSW Education Standards Authority Follow the links to the Society and Culture syllabus.

Charles Sturt Uni S & C info 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.

Assessment Resource Center Contains example student responses to past examination questions and tasks. 

The Parliamentary Library of Australia has prepared a useful research paper which is designed to answer some of those frequently asked questions about who was the first, youngest, oldest, most often (and so forth) in Australian federal politics, also some stats for state government as well. 

Online Databases

  • Go to the Kiama Library website
  • Hover over the eLibrary tab at the top
  • Click on the eResources tab and go to EBSCO Host.

Sign in using your Library card for access; the membership number is under the barcode. Then, use ‘advanced search’ to select a range of databases to research your topic!

The State Library of NSW has free databases you can access using your Kiama Library card, or apply online for a Readers Card.

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

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.

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Magazines

  • Australian Artist
  • Australian Photography
  • Search on RB Digital: Use search filter ‘Art & Photo’

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

Charles Sturt Uni Visual Arts info Resources, information and advice, that will help you prepare for your HSC.

NSW Education Standards Authority Follow the links to the Visual Arts syllabus.

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.

ArtExpress An annual exhibition of exemplary artworks created by students for HSC Visual Arts.

Online Databases

  • Go to the Kiama Library website
  • Hover over the eLibrary tab at the top
  • Click on the eResources tab and go to EBSCO Host.

Sign in using your Library card for access; the membership number is under the barcode. Then, use ‘advanced search’ to select a range of databases to research your topic!

The State Library of NSW has free databases you can access using your Kiama Library card, or apply online for a Readers Card.

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

 

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 events for HSC students, such as a Lock In open study evening just before the exams start in October. Keep an eye on the 'What's On' 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.

Library card pictureYou 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 Card which gives you access to heaps of online databases.