Society and Culture
General Resources for Senior Students
- Use the Information Skills Process (ISP) on the Research page to guide you.
- Browse the non-fiction shelves: 340s, 200-290s – religions; 300s – social sciences; 305 – social groups; 306 – culture and institutions; 307 – communities; 340s – law; 360s – social problems and services; 390s – customs; 640s – cookery; 700s – art, architecture, textiles; 800s – literature; 940-990s – specific countries/overview/history.
- Search the National Geographic Archive using login details, which are available from library staff. Search all issues of National Geographic or browse subject-based collections.
- Search ClickView for audio-visual material. Restrictions apply based on age/rating.
- Search the CTHS Library Oliver catalogue using subject terms.
- Search Series: Issues in Society, Current Social Issues (some searchable contents pages).
- Expand your search to Trove by running a search in Oliver, click other providers and select Trove.
- Expand your search to Hornsby Library resources by running a search in Oliver, click other providers and select Hornsby Shire Library. If you are a member of Hornsby Library you can borrow their items.
- Expand your search to Macquarie University library resources by running a search in Oliver, click other providers and select Macquarie University Library. You can access their hard copy resources onsite but will be unable to borrow.
Subscriptions and Newspapers
- Sydney Morning Herald
- Alternative Law Journal
- Indigenous Law Bulletin
- Series: Issues in Society (print and online)
- Current Social Issues
- National Indigenous Times
- Koori Mail
- Search World Book Online Advanced or Timelines. This is a reliable starting point for research if you don’t know much about the topic.
- State Library of NSW databases require you to sign up for free membership.
- Hornsby Library databases require you to sign up for free membership.
- Insight – View full episodes of the SBS Insight program. The episodes examine a variety of social issues with experts and first person stories.
- The Spinney Press: Web links for students – Links to a websites on a variety of topics. For access to the series of Issues in Society, use the Oliver library catalogue.
- The Conversation – Informed news analysis and commentary, free to read and republish. Good for an overview of many topics.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics
- ABS: Australian Social Trends, 2014
- Australian Government: The modern Australian family
- Australian Institute of Health and Welfare – Search: aging and disabilities, families and children, indigenous Australians, etc.
- Australian Government: Community Information Summaries
- SBS Cultural Atlas: Countries
- ABC Law Report
- ABC Compass: Resources – Faith and religion
- United Nations – Issues confronting humanity in the 21st century; peace/security, climate change, sustainable development, human rights, disarmament, terrorism, humanitarian/health emergencies, gender equality, governance, food production, etc.
- OECD – Global statistics, policies and research involving the economic and social well-being of people around the world.
- TED Talks: Topics – Activism, identity, immigration, justice, refugees, social change, social media, youth, etc.
- There are many NGOs and Government departments with good information. As you clarify your needs, try to locate the relevant ones. The series Issues in Society has many links for the topics covered.
Bibliographies and Citations
- Ask your teacher for requirements; keep records up to date – retrospectively is difficult as URLs frequently change or disappear.
- Bibliography Generator – General bibliography generator, choose the style you need.