Finding Information

These days information is everywhere,

and it can sometimes be overwhelming

trying to find exactly what you need.

Below are lists of print and digital resources to get you started in your search and help you explore a range of avenues.

Remember to also check the Current Assignments page for resources that have been specifically chosen for your assignments.

Digital Resources

Reference Materials
These sites can be used to gain an overview of a topic or issue.
Encyclopaedia Britannica Use the table of contents on the left hand side of each article to explore a topic further. *Tip* Double click on any word in an article to bring up the definition.
Merriam-Webster DictionaryCatholic Encyclopaedia Choose a letter of the alphabet or use the search box in the top-right corner of the page.
Wikipedia (Remember that this should not be your only source, but is a quick way to gain a better understanding of your topic).

Teacher / Librarian Selected Websites

LinksPlus A searchable online database with thousands of teacher-reviewed and approved web sites to help with research. Click here for login details.

Library Catalogue Click on Keyword search and type in your search terms (make sure you select ‘Internet Site’ from the drop-down menu under Collection Type).

Searching the Internet

Google should not be the only search engine used to locate information! Use some of the sites listed on our Search the Internet page to dig deeper and learn how to conduct advanced searches to uncover even more info.

You can also use Wikipedia as a starting point for your research – watch this video for more information.

Databases contain more relevant and reliable information than the internet.
Visit the SMC eResources page for a list of useful databases containing heaps of information on a range of topics (includes subscription databases, video databases and other useful databases)
Online Newspapers & Current Event Sites

Visit the Newspapers and Current Events page to find links to digital newspapers and news websites.


Clickview Online An online collection of videos covering many learning areas and topics. Can be viewed at home or school – contact the Library if you have forgotten your password.

ClickView A huge collection of videos on a broad range of topics that can be viewed on your Macbook. See here for instructions on how to download and search for videos.

WatchKnowLearn Educational videos on a wide range of topics. Can be filtered by age range.

Australian Screen Over 1000 videos organised by category

Internet Archive of Moving Images Use the search box or browse by category using the dropdown menu

ABC iView Full-screen videos streamed on demand. Use ‘Search’ tab at top to help find what you need.

SBS On Demand Stream SBS videos on demand.

HippoCampus A collection of videos covering science, maths, social science and religion topics.

Khan Academy A collection of videos demonstrating/explaining mathematical and scientific concepts.


Many images, audio clips and video clips available on the internet are copyrighted, which means you need permission from the owner to use these materials in your assignment. If an image (or audio/video clip) is licensed under Creative Commons, it means you can use it in your assignment as long as you follow some simple steps. See the Copyright and Creative Commons Page for more information and sites you can use to search for images.

Print Resources

Reference Materials

The Library has a range of encyclopaedias, atlases and other print reference materials. Please see one of the Library staff members for help locating these resources.

Journal Articles

The Library has a wide range of journals and magazines, including:

  • National Geographic
  • Time Magazine
  • New Scientist
  • Landscope (WA parks & wildlife)
  • Helix (Science)
  • The Monthly (Australian politics, society and culture)

The following sites include a searchable index to find articles relating to your topic. Full articles can be found in the SMC Library Periodicals section – ask one of the librarians if you need help.

Current Social Issues

Current Environmental Issues

New Scientist


Search the Library Catalogue using a Keyword Search or a Subject Search.

Please see a Library staff member for assistance locating resources if needed.

Primary & Secondary Sources

What are they? To find out and see examples of each, click here for a simple explanation or watch this video. For more information, click the button below.