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Puke Ariki's eResources puts information at your fingertips about every subject you can think of and probably some you can't!

Each database listed here makes researching a breeze with access to millions of articles, reports, papers, statistics, publications, historical data and much more.

Some of these databases can only be accessed by Puke Ariki library members, so have your library card handy. A few can only be used within Puke Ariki or one of the Community Libraries.

Each listing represents an individual research database, externally managed and hosted.

Shaded databases require a library card and PIN to use.
You can search the listings alphabetically or by category.
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Academic Search Elite

Categories: Databases, General reference and research

Academic Search Elite is a rich resource spanning a broad stretch of academic subjects with thousands of full-text journals and abstracted and indexed journals. This database is sourced with PDF images for the great majority of journals; many of these PDFs are native (searchable) or scanned-in-color.

American Doctoral Dissertations, 1933 - 1955

Categories: Databases, General reference and research

American Doctoral Dissertations, 1933-1955 provides electronic access to the only comprehensive record of dissertations accepted by American universities during that time period, the print index Doctoral Dissertations Accepted by American Universities.

Ancestry.Com Library Edition

Categories: Databases, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy

Due to licensing, this database is only available at Puke Ariki or at one of our branches. Please come and visit us.

AnyQuestions.co.nz

Categories: Websites, General reference and research

AnyQuestions.co.nz is an innovative service that gives all school children in New Zealand their own guide to help them find quality information amongst the millions of pages on the internet.

ANZAC Pathfinder

Categories: Websites, General reference and research, New Zealand and Taranaki, Pathfinders

List of resources useful for ANZAC research.

Archives New Zealand

Categories: Websites, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy

Search Archives New Zealand Website

Australia / New Zealand Points of View

Categories: Databases, General reference and research

Containing resources that present multiple sides of a current issue - including information on key topics of interest to Australia/New Zealand researchers - this database provides rich content that can help students realise and develop persuasive arguments and essays, better understand controversial issues and develop analytical thinking skills.

Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre Plus

Categories: Databases, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy, General reference and research, New Zealand and Taranaki

Newspaper and magazine articles with an emphasis on New Zealand and Australian titles.

Biography Reference Center

Categories: Databases, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy

Containing many of the top-ranked biographical reference collections and magazines, this database offers a comprehensive collection of full-text biographies and unique narrative biographies. This resource provides superior coverage for several of the most popular and heavily-researched biographies and genres, including those contained within Biography Today and Biography (both dating back to the first issue published).

Britannica Online

Categories: Databases, General reference and research

Easy access to reliable information on most topics enriched by magazine articles, images and video clips. A digital version of a well known and well used EResource.

Build your Bibliography

Categories: Websites, New Zealand and Taranaki

Use the build a bibliography tool to generate a customised report from Publications NZ data. You can build reports that list the latest additions, works by a particular author, or works that match a particular subject.

Building law and compliance

Categories: Websites, Government, business and law

Access to the Ministry Business, Innovation and Employment website that provides information about building law and compliance.

Business Source Elite

Categories: Databases, Government, business and law, General reference and research

This database provides full-text coverage of top business, management and economics journals and periodicals. These valuable publications cover topics such as accounting, banking, finance, international business, marketing, sales and more.

Cenotaph

Categories: Websites, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy

Search for biographical and service details for over 115,000 New Zealand service men and women from the 19th century till today and especially from World War One and World War Two.

Companies Office

Categories: Websites, Government, business and law

Search the Companies Office website

Consumer Health Complete

Categories: Databases, Health and lifestyle

Consumer Health Complete supports the information needs of patients and fosters an overall understanding of health-related topics. This resource provides content covering all key areas of health and wellness, from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary and holistic medicine.

Dictionary of New Zealand Biography

Categories: Websites, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy, General reference and research

This website contains over 3,000 biographies of New Zealanders who have 'made their mark' on this country. It does not include people who are alive. This site includes the collected biographies originally published in the printed Dictionary of New Zealand Biography series between 1990 and 2000, and in the parallel Maori-language series, Nga Tangata Taumata Rau.

EBSCOhost

Categories: Databases, General reference and research

EBSCOhost databases are the most-used, premium online information resources for tens of thousands of institutions worldwide, representing millions of end users.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Online

Categories: Databases, General reference and research

Easy access to reliable information on most topics enriched by magazine articles, images and video clips. A digital version of a well known andwell usedEResource.

EnviroFunz

Categories: Websites, Science geography and environment

Envirofunz is a database which covers funding for environmental and conservation projects in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Envirofunz provides help to groups and individuals looking for funding for environmental and conservation projects.

First Taranaki War - Pathfinder

Categories: New Zealand and Taranaki, Pathfinders

Details of Puke Ariki resources relating to the First Taranaki War.

GiveMe (fomerly Breakout)

Categories: Databases, Community and funding

GivME has 4,532 Awards, Scholarships, Schemes or Grants for individuals. Only those that are active will be displayed. Due to licensing, this database is only available at Puke Ariki or at one of our branches. Please come and visit us.

GivUS (formerly FundView)

Categories: Databases, Community and funding

GivUS has 1,301 schemes for community groups and organisations. Only those that are active will be displayed. Due to licensing, this database is only available at Puke Ariki or at one of our branches. Please come and visit us.

GreenFILE

Categories: Databases, Science geography and environment

GreenFILE offers well-researched information covering all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.

History Reference Center

Categories: Databases, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy, General reference and research

Covering both U.S. and world history topics, History Reference Center is a full-text database featuring historical reference books, magazines, journals and thousands of primary source documents.

IELTS

Categories: Databases, Community and funding

Road to IELTS is a comprehensive 100% online preparation course designed by British Council IELTS experts. Road to IELTS will help you get the band score you need in IELTS Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.

Index New Zealand

Categories: Websites, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy, General reference and research

Index New Zealand describes over half a million articles published in New Zealand over the past 20 years. The titles indexed range from popular magazines such as North and South and Consumer to more specialised journals such as New Zealand Law Review and Art New Zealand. Index New Zealand. is updated daily and approximately 2,000 documents are added monthly.

Index of Māori Names

Categories: Websites, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy, Maori Resources

This index has been digitised from an unpublished manuscript compiled about 1925 by the missionary Rev. Henry James Fletcher (1868-1933). It provides access to information about or references to Maori individuals, boundaries, canoes, trees, landmarks and geographical locations.

Iwidex

Categories: Websites, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy, Maori Resources

Iwidex is an index to the sources of information on tribal history, tikanga-a-iwi, and whakapapa held in the Heritage and Research Collections of Auckland City Libraries.

Journal of Polynesian Society

Categories: Websites, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy, General reference and research, Maori Resources

Digital access to the Journal of Polynesian Society dating back to Vol 1 on 1892. A collaborative project between Auckland University and the Polynesian Society.

Kete New Plymouth

Categories: Websites, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy, General reference and research, New Zealand and Taranaki

Puke Ariki's Kete, a community archiveprovided by the National Library to hold community memories.

Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of Social Sciences

Categories: Digitised Publications, General reference and research, New Zealand and Taranaki

Online access to New Zealand social science research.

Land Information New Zealand

Categories: Websites, Government, business and law, Science geography and environment

Land Information New Zealand (LINZ) is a New Zealand government department responsible for land titles, geodetic and cadastral survey systems, topographic information, hydrographic information, managing Crown property and a variety of other functions

Landcare Research Digital Library

Categories: Digitised Publications, General reference and research, Science geography and environment

This site contains publications produced by Landcare Research New Zealand and our predecessor organisations, divisions of the former DSIR (Department of Scientific and Industrial Research) and FRI (Forest Research Institute).

Language Training

Category: Computers and Technology

Mango Languages’ PhD-created, linguist-approved language-learning software teaches practical conversation in over 70 languages, while keeping the vibe fun and encouraging.

Law Hawk

Categories: Websites, Government, business and law

This site provides news and a collection of libraries dealing with internet based New Zealand sources of law.

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstract

Categories: Databases, General reference and research

Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA) covers subjects such as librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more.

Literary Reference Center Plus

Categories: Databases, Arts, music and literature, General reference and research

This robust full-text database provides the most relevant information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. It gives students, teachers and librarians a complete foundation of literary reference works to meet any and all of their research or instructional needs.

LIVE magazine

Category: Digitised Publications

New Plymouth's monthly LIVE magazine

Lottery Grants

Categories: Websites, Community and funding

Lottery Grants are available for different types of projects and services.

Mango Languages

Category: Computers and Technology

Mango Languages’ PhD-created, linguist-approved language-learning software teaches practical conversation in over 70 languages, while keeping the vibe fun and encouraging.

Māori Land Court Minute Book Index

Categories: Databases, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy, Government, business and law, New Zealand and Taranaki, Maori Resources

Māori Land Court Judgments, mainly from the Māori Appellate Court, are now available through this website. These include Māori Appellate Court decisions and some Lower Court reserved decisions, previously published in Tai Whati, dating from 1958 to 1985. Māori Appellate Court decisions from 1986 are also available.

Māori Niupepa

Categories: Websites, Digitised Publications, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy, General reference and research, Maori Resources

Access to Māori Niupepa Collection

MasterFILE Complete

Categories: Databases, General reference and research

General research EResource for a wide range of topical issues including business, health, education, general science and mass media.

Microsoft Office Training

Categories: Websites, Computers and Technology

Self paced online Training for Microsoft:- Word - Word Processing Excel - Spreadsheets PowerPoint - Presentations Outlook - Email Access - Databases

National Library

Categories: Websites, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy, General reference and research

National Library Research Services

New Plymouth District Council

Categories: Websites, Government, business and law, General reference and research

Visit the NPDC Website

New Plymouth District Council Meeting Agendas and Minutes

Categories: Websites, Government, business and law, General reference and research

Meeting agendas and minutes from New Plymouth District Council available as PDF form the NPDC website.

New Plymouth District Council Scholarship Information

Categories: Websites, Government, business and law, Community and funding

Every year, New Plymouth District Council provides three scholarships to people studying in a field that has relevance to local government.

New Zealand Defence force

Categories: Websites, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy, General reference and research

Search the New Zealand Defence Force website

New Zealand Geographer

Categories: Websites, Digitised Publications, General reference and research, New Zealand and Taranaki, Science geography and environment

The New Zealand Geographer magazine is available from Puke Ariki Library Te Pua Wānanga o Taranaki / Taranaki Research Centre. This magazine is available online only from 2015.

New Zealand Geographic

Categories: Databases, General reference and research, New Zealand and Taranaki, Science geography and environment

A magazine for New Zealand, celebrating our people, places, wildlife and environment. Read it online now.

New Zealand Healthy Food Guide

Category: Health and lifestyle

Healthy food recipes and information

New Zealand History - Links - Genealogy

Categories: Websites, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy

NZ history website links to genealogy resources for the online family researcher.

New Zealand Legislation

Categories: Websites, Government, business and law, General reference and research

Free public access to New Zealand statutes (Public, Local, and Private Acts) and Statutory Regulations. You can search and browse this material free of charge. This site is provided by the New Zealand Parliamentary Counsel Office/Te Tari Tohutohu Paremata (PCO) in association with Brookers.

New Zealand National Register of Archives and Manuscripts

Categories: Websites, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy, Government, business and law, General reference and research

You can use this site to search archival collections held in museums, local government bodies, libraries, historical societies, community repositories, and in-house business, educational, religious and sporting archives throughout New Zealand.

New Zealand Research

Categories: Websites, General reference and research, New Zealand and Taranaki

Discover and access New Zealand’s most comprehensive selection of research papers and related resources. This site include peer-reviewed and other research from universities, polytechnics, and research organisations throughout New Zealand.

New Zealand Road Code

Categories: Driver Licensing, New Zealand and Taranaki

The official New Zealand road code is a user-friendly guide to New Zealand’s traffic law and safe driving practices.

New Zealand Road Code Theory Tests

Categories: Websites, Driver Licensing

Free NZ Road Code mock theory tests. DISCLAIMER: This site is not endorsed by the New Zealand Transport Agency, or Puke Ariki, and may not conform with requirements. Use of these tests should be at your own discretion. For the official online driver education programme see our links to Practice - Driver Licences and The Official Road Code Tests.

New Zealand Society of Genealogists - NP Branch

Categories: Websites, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy

Website of the local genealogy group.

NewsBank

Categories: Databases, New Zealand and Taranaki

Complete full-text content of local, regional, and national newspapers from New Zealand. Covers community events, education, sports, politics, government policies, cultural activities, local companies, state industries, and people in the community. Paid advertisements are excluded.

Newspapers

Categories: Databases, Digitised Publications, General reference and research, New Zealand and Taranaki

Login using your library card and read recent national and international newspapers online free with your library membership. Titles include the Taranaki Daily News, North Taranaki Midweek, Manawatu Standard, The New Zealand Herald, The Southland Times, The Dominion Post, Waikato Times, Sunday Star Times, The Press, The Australian, USA Today and the Townsville Bulletin.

Newswires

Category: General reference and research

EBSCO's Newswires provides near real-time access to top world-wide news from Associated Press, United Press International, PR Newswire, Xinhua, CNN Wire, and Business Wire on a continuous basis.

Papers Past

Categories: Websites, Digitised Publications, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy, New Zealand and Taranaki

Papers Past is an online collection of 19th century New Zealand newspapers and periodicals from the Alexander Turnbull Library. Includes the Taranaki Herald Aug 1852 - Dec 1900.

Parihaka Pathfinder

Categories: Websites, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy, General reference and research, New Zealand and Taranaki, Maori Resources, Pathfinders

A list of resource useful for Parihaka research.

Parliamentary publications

Categories: Websites, Government, business and law, General reference and research

Includes some publications no longer produced in hardcopy format.

Poetry & Short Story Reference Center

Categories: Databases, Arts, music and literature

This full-text database provides a historically rich collection of hundreds of thousands of classic and contemporary poems, as well as short stories, biographies and authoritative essays on such topics as poetic forms, movements and techniques — including contemporary content from the finest publishers.

Practice - Driver Licences

Categories: Websites, Driver Licensing

Practice provides free, practical information to help you become a competent driver and pass your Restricted test the first time.

PressReader

Categories: Databases, Digitised Publications, General reference and research, New Zealand and Taranaki

Login using your library card and read recent national and international newspapers online free with your library membership. Titles include the Taranaki Daily News, North Taranaki Midweek, Manawatu Standard, The New Zealand Herald, The Southland Times, The Dominion Post, Waikato Times, Sunday Star Times, The Press, The Australian, USA Today and the Townsville Bulletin.

Publications New Zealand

Categories: Websites, New Zealand and Taranaki

Publications New Zealand is New Zealand's national bibliography. It contains descriptions of novels, dvds, e-books, maps, magazines, and other types of publication from or about New Zealand, and links to libraries where you can find each item.

Puke Ariki Collection: Archives

Categories: Websites, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy, New Zealand and Taranaki

The Puke Ariki archive collection contains the papers, journals, letters (documents) of individuals and families, historic records from businesses and organisations and societies within the Taranaki region. The collection includes a wide range of newspapers including The Taranaki Herald, The Daily News, The Kaponga Courier, The Opunake Times, The Stratford Evening Post, The Stratford Press and Taranaki Punch.Other items include: taped oral histories, maps and architectural plans.

Puke Ariki Collection: Artefacts

Categories: Websites, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy, General reference and research, New Zealand and Taranaki

This artefact collection contains some of the many treasures that we have in the Puke Ariki collection. At present, the database contains information on objects from the following parts of the collection: Natural Sciences, Decorative Arts, Fine Arts and Photographs. Other parts of the collection will be made available in the near future.

Puke Ariki Collection: Pictorial

Categories: Websites, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy, General reference and research, New Zealand and Taranaki

Search the Puke Ariki Pictorial Collection

Puke Ariki Taranaki Stories

Categories: Websites, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy, New Zealand and Taranaki

Search Puke Ariki Website for Taranaki Stories.

Puke Ariki Website - Heritage

Category: Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy

Access to Heritage information on Puke Ariki's website

Road Code

Categories: Driver Licensing, New Zealand and Taranaki

The official New Zealand road code is a user-friendly guide to New Zealand’s traffic law and safe driving practices.

Road to IELTS

Categories: Databases, Community and funding

Road to IELTS is a comprehensive 100% online preparation course designed by British Council IELTS experts. Road to IELTS will help you get the band score you need in IELTS Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening.

Science Reference Center

Categories: Databases, General reference and research, Science geography and environment

Designed to meet every student researcher's needs, Science Reference Center contains full text for hundreds of science magazines, journals, encyclopedias, reference books and other reliable sources. In addition, the database includes a vast collection of images from sources such as UPI, Getty, NASA, National Geographic and the Nature Picture Library.

Springbok Tour Pathfinder

Category: Pathfinders

Puke Ariki resources related to the Springbok tour held at Puke Ariki.

Statistical Sources

Categories: Websites, General reference and research, New Zealand and Taranaki, Science geography and environment

This is a starting place for locating a large range of New Zealand statistical information sources both online and in print.

Statistics New Zealand

Categories: Websites, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy, General reference and research, New Zealand and Taranaki

The official site for New Zealand statistics and Census results.

Taonga

Categories: Websites, Digitised Publications, New Zealand and Taranaki, Maori Resources

Taonga are publications from the early Dominion Museum Monograph and Dominion Museum Bulletin series.

TAPUHI

Categories: Websites, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy, General reference and research, Maori Resources

This site provides access to descriptions of unpublished manuscripts and picture collections within the Alexander Turnbull Library. The ability to search Tapuhi by hapuu/iwi, place name, personal name and Category makes this site an excellent site for finding more information on Kaupapa Maori.

Taranaki Daily News

Categories: Databases, Digitised Publications, General reference and research, New Zealand and Taranaki

Read the Taranaki Daily News online free with your library membership. Follow this link to our Newspaper eResource and search for the Taranaki Daily News in the list of 4000+ newspapers available.

Taranaki Herald Passenger List

Categories: Websites, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy, New Zealand and Taranaki

This database is compiled from the passenger lists published in the Taranaki Herald. It covers the period 1843 -1885 for arrivals to and departures from New Plymouth

Taranaki Iwi

Categories: Websites, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy, New Zealand and Taranaki, Maori Resources

Taranaki Iwi contacts and boundary maps.

Te Ao Hou : The New World

Categories: Websites, Digitised Publications, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy, New Zealand and Taranaki, Maori Resources

This website lets you search and browse all 76 issues of the magazine Te Ao Hou The New World. Te Ao Hou was published from 1952 to 1976 by the Māori Affairs Department in New Zealand Aotearoa. According to its first editorial, Te Ao Hou aimed "to provide interesting and informative reading for Maori homes … like a marae on paper, where all questions of interest to the Maori can be discussed." Te Ao Hou features bilingual content, with articles in both English and te reo Māori.

Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Categories: Websites, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy, New Zealand and Taranaki

In Maori, Te Ara means 'the pathway'. Through interlinking text and image trails, the Encyclopedia takes you on a journey of discovery. Beginning with the theme of Peoples, it will eventually present a comprehensive guide to New Zealand – its natural environment, history, culture, economics and government.

Te Puna Search

Categories: General reference and research, New Zealand and Taranaki

Te Puna Search is a web-based search service giving access to what is held in New Zealand and international libraries.

Te Puni Kōkiri publications

Categories: Websites, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy, New Zealand and Taranaki, Maori Resources

Comprehensive range of publications and reports about Maori Categories, including demographics, tourism, health and much more.

Technology innovation in New Zealand

Categories: Websites, General reference and research, New Zealand and Taranaki, Science geography and environment

History of technological innovation in New Zealand. This site covers the history of the technological era in New Zealand from the end of WWI until the 1980's.

The Community Archive

Categories: Websites, Digitised Publications, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy, New Zealand and Taranaki

The Community Archive is a hub for New Zealand’s archival organisations to manage and showcase their collections. It is a free, easy to use mini archive management system supported by Archives New Zealand. Previously known as the National Register of Archives and Manuscripts (NRAM), The Community Archive has been developed to provide many new features requested by contributors.

The New Zealand Gazette

Categories: Websites, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy, Government, business and law

New Zealand's consititutional record

The Official New Zealand Road Code

Categories: Websites, Driver Licensing

The official New Zealand road code is a free, online, user-friendly guide to New Zealand’s traffic law and safe driving practices.

The Official Road Code Tests

Categories: Websites, Driver Licensing

The official New Zealand Road Code theory tests

Timeframes

Categories: Websites, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy, General reference and research

Timeframes is an online database of more than 22,000 images from the Alexander Turnbull Library.

Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society

Categories: Websites, Digitised Publications, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy, General reference and research

The Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand is one of New Zealand's most important research publications, particularly for science. Contributors to the Transactions include James Hector, William Colenso, Charles Fleming, Thomas Hocken, and Ernest Rutherford. The Royal Society (known as the New Zealand Institute before 1933) was established in 1867 to co-ordinate and assist the activities of a number of regional research societies including the Auckland Institute, the Wellington Philosophical Society and the Otago Institute. These societies often did not have the means to publish the papers that were presented to them or maintain a written record of their activities. The NZ Institute was set up to remedy this through the publication of a single volume of transactions and proceedings on their behalf.

TumbleBooks

Categories: Databases, Arts, music and literature

TumbleBookLibrary is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach young children the joys of reading in a format they'll love. The TumbleBookLibrary also has puzzles and games, videos and language learning resources.

Varcoes Marriage Index

Categories: Websites, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy, General reference and research, New Zealand and Taranaki

Index searchable by year and folio number

Venture Taranaki

Categories: Websites, Government, business and law, Community and funding, New Zealand and Taranaki

This site includes Taranaki statistics, industry information and regional development reports.

Waitangi Tribunal

Categories: Websites, Heritage, history, whakapapa and genealogy, New Zealand and Taranaki, Maori Resources

Website of the Waitangi Tribunal

Who Else Writes Like...?

Categories: Databases, Arts, music and literature

Wondering what to read next? whoelsewriteslike.com is an established reference web resource and reading promotion tool. It is designed to help anyone who enjoys reading fiction to expand the number of writers they read.

Who Next...?

Categories: Databases, Arts, music and literature

When children ask: “Who can I read next?” or “Who writes like my favourite author?”, the answers are here in Who Next…? Writers of children’s fiction are listed with suggestions of other authors who write in a similar way, together with key book and series titles. Browse in four age groups: 5-7, 8-11, 12-14 and 14+