Accessing Online Resources

Library Humour

How to access the library catalogue and online resources.

Option 1: use this link

Once you log on, you will be taken to the Parramatta diocese student portal. From here you can choose to go to the library catalogue or the eResources

Option 2: go directly through On the Apps landing you can access Oscar and then click on the e-Library link to the right.

Note: If you are using a mobile device, it's probably best to use Option 1 (in and out of school) or access directly through the NagleELibrary app (in school).

Locating Print Resources

Once you have reached this page, you will see that not only can you search the library catalogue for print resources/books/DVDs, you can also access the links for the eResources, and staff and student eBooks.

Use the search box to find print resources that are located in the Nagle College library. This process is simple to follow, but see the library staff if you need help.

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Locating Staff and Student eBooks

Once you reach this page, you can log on and access a range of great student eBooks to read on your laptops and mobile devices. At this stage, most of the available resources are fiction.

Once you reach this page, you can access a great range of staff eBooks to read on your laptops and mobile devices.

See the library staff for help using the eBooks.

Locating Online Resources

Once you reach this page you can access a great variety of online resources through research databases provided by the Parramatta CEO. There are quite a few links here and the CEO updates this throughout the year. To keep things simple, I suggest you concentrate on two of the links at the top of the page. These are:
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Library Webs is an extensive internet library, which contains reliable websites from educational, government and commercial establishments. There are a range of categories/topics to search. So this is an alternative to a Google search because it narrows your search and allows you to access websites that have been evaluated and judged as credible sources (relevance, currency, authority, accuracy).
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The EBSCO Research Databases link will take you to a page that lists the different online databases you can use to research. Again, to keep things simple, I suggest you scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the Explora links (Primary, Secondary, Educator).
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The Explora databases will allow you to access thousands of online resources (academic journals, magazines, news articles, books, videos, images, etc.) on a range of different topics.

You can search this database in the same way you would search a regular library catalogue with a keyword/subject/author/title search. You can also do a more advanced search to further narrow your results. The key is to experiment and once you have the hang of using this database, it could become one of the first places you and your students go to for research projects.

You can also search within general topics (eg. Current Issues), which are then broken up into further sub-topics (eg. Animal Rights). Keep in mind that the listed topics have quite an American focus so it is probably better to do a general/advanced search.

One of the great things about this database is that you can create an account and organise your research into folders so that you can readily access resources whenever you need them. When you locate a relevant resource, you can add it to the folder. From here you can view the full text, print, email, save, create notes to annotate the source and even cite the source for reference lists/bibliographies.


I strongly suggest that you cite your sources through online tools, as it makes the process much simpler. As mentioned above, you can do this through the databases themselves but you can also use free tools such as Google Scholar, EasyBib and BibMe.
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