Research Databases


What are research databases?

Can’t find the information you need from a book?

Are you getting millions of hits on Google and can’t decide which source to use?

As a library member, you can get FREE access to the research databases where you can find reliable sources from magazine articles, newspapers, and scholarly journals!


First time using our research databases?

Click here to create a new SLQ account

Then, follow these instructions:

1. Fill in the online form. Remember to note down your username and password for future reference.

2.Click Submit

3.Return to this page to click on one of the research databases below.


Once you have a SLQ account, click on a research database below.

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Encylopedia Britannica is a great source for multiple subjects, such as history & geography, science & technology, literature, biographies, and so much more! Here’s a quick video to get you started.

Login with your Western Downs Libraries membership number.

Visit Access Science for all of your science and technology needs! You will find information from the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology.

Login with your SLQ username and password.

Visit EBSCO’s Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre  to research multiple subjects like history, philosophy, literature, and other humanities. You’ll find information from magazines, newspapers, scholarly journals, and reference books in EBSCO’s databases.

Login with your SLQ username and password.

Try the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography for great, reliable information on men and women starting from the Romans to the 21st century.

Login with your SLQ username and password.

Click on Trove Digitized Newspapers and More to search for just about any newspaper in Australia by state or newspaper title.

No login required.

Can’t find what you need in these databases and want to explore some more research databases?! Click here