Community and Family Studies

  • You may also find links in the guides for Aboriginal Studies, Legal Studies, Studies of Religion and Society and Culture (in HSIE) useful.
  • Use the Information Skills Process (ISP) on the Research page to guide you.
  • Browse the non-fiction shelves:
  • 200-290s – religions; 300s – social sciences; 305 – social groups; 306 – culture and institutions; 307 – communities; 340s – law; 360s – social problems and services; 390s – customs; 914-919 – geography of specific countries; 940–999 – history of specific countries/periods.
  • For audio visual resources, search ClickView by subject heading or title. ClickView can be accessed when you are at home. Restrictions apply based on age/rating.

Oliver Catalogue

  • Search the CTHS Library Oliver catalogue using subject terms such as family, communities, children, parents, socialization, employment, games, etc. Add sub-headings such as history, research, social conditions, case studies, statistics, etc.
  • Search Series: Issues in Society (hard copy and downloadable pdf), 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.


  • Sydney Morning Herald, the Age, Australian Financial Review


  • Search World Book Online Advanced or Timelines. This is a reliable starting point for research if you don’t know much about the topic.


Internet Resources

Literature Reviews

  • For information on how to write a literature review click here.

Bibliographies and Citations

  • Ask your teacher for requirements; keep records up to date – retrospectively is difficult.
  • Bibliography Generator – choose the style you need.

Evaluating Websites