Library Research

Need help with your research?


There are heaps of places to find information – it’s not just Google – and these are just a few of what the library can help you with: 

  • Books – yes, people still use books and we have them in abundance in the library! They are great for getting a deeper understanding of a topic – and if you like reading about a subject, why not see if there is a fiction book on the same topic.
  • Articles – newspaper, magazine, and journal articles, scholarly and peer reviewed articles, are a great source of up-to-date information.
  • Databases are an excellent starting point to find articles on your research topic. Check with your teacher or the school librarians for a list of databases for your topic.
  • Encyclopaedias – a good starting point to find information on a subject. We have a number of great encyclopaedias available in print and online.

The school librarians are keen to help you with your research questions. Feel free to email them on or come over to the library.

Accurate Referencing

When writing a research project, it’s important that you say where you got the information from and cite your resources correctly – include a bibliography of your references. Riccarton High School uses APA style referencing for bibliographies – see How to Write a Bibliography for more information on how to do this.

Plagiarism occurs when you use someone else’s work and say it’s your own.
This is why it’s very important to make sure you cite your sources.

Get Started

These are some places to get you started with your research:

Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand – Great for anything relating to New Zealand, its’ history, culture, society, natural environment, and economy.

Digital NZ – Digital images, videos, texts, and audio relating to New Zealand.

Papers Past – Access to digitized New Zealand newspapers, periodicals, letters, diaries, and parliamentary papers from 1839 to 1945. Includes The Press from 1861 to December 1945.

Index New Zealand (INNZ) – Abstracts and descriptions of articles relating to New Zealand on a variety of subjects, including general interest, social sciences, the environment, science, agriculture, current affairs, the arts, and humanities.

New Zealand History – Wonderful resource for information on events, people, places, and topics specific to NZ.

The library has access to an amazing range of databases you can use to research your topic.

Log in using your library card number and password. If you don’t know this, please see one of the school librarians.

Use the library catalogue for books, journal articles, eBooks, websites, encyclopedias, reading lists, databases and so much more.

Check out this great video on how to use Britannica Teens.

Search the A-Z Directory of Databases, or select one of the favourites listed below.

eResourses Discovery Search
Global Issues
Opposing Viewpoints

Lots of links to homework and study support – everything from videos and resources to online help and apps.


Here are some links to info about exams you might find useful.

Christchurch City Libraries exam info – lots of amazing info – website links, study guides, strategies, etc.

NCEA Subject Resources

2023 Exam timetable – to come later in the year.

See the Homework Help tab for subject-specific websites and support.