Online Resources

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Te Papa subscribed and curated resources tailored to our research areas

Tomokanga  -Te Papa Library’s gateway

Find the library’s online, full-text resources with millions of articles to download and read immediately.  We have a brief and a longer guide on how to use it.  Tomokanga also contains amazing resources like Directory of Open Access Journals, Biodiversity Heritage Library, Academic Search Complete and Art & Architecture Complete.

  • Good for all Te Papa subject areas

Other Te Papa e-journals

Not all our e-journals are in Tomokanga for technical reasons, you can find the full list (with links and password) on Kupenga.

  • Good for all Te Papa subject areas

Other Te Papa Tools

Don’t forget Collections Online, Te Awatea, Kupenga and Pou Mataaho and all available for you to search.  Don’t limit yourself, cast your net wide.

External resources

Wellington City Libraries e-resources

WCL has a wide range of Humanities and business databases.  You need a WCL library card to access, if you live outside of Wellington (like Lower Hutt) you can join up for free by showing you work in town.  You can search them individually or across them all in one search. if you want to do some free professional development across thousands of topics.

  • Good for Business, Humanities and professional development

Victoria University Library

We do not have access to their full-text content, but we can make good use of Te Waharoa to locate items of interest.  Search, then make a note of the article you wish to access and request us to inter-library loan it for you.  Email us at

You could use any University library catalogue like this!

  • Good for Natural History, Business and Humanities

New Zealand Electronic Text Collection

The New Zealand Electronic Text Collection comprises significant New Zealand and Pacific Island texts and materials held by Victoria University of Wellington Library. This encompasses both digitised heritage material and born-digital resources.  Free to use.

  • Good for Natural History, Business and Humanities. NZ focus

NZ Research

Discover and access New Zealand’s most comprehensive selection of research papers and related resources. This site includes peer-reviewed and other research from universities, polytechnics, and research organisations throughout New Zealand.

  • Good for Natural History, Business and Humanities. With strong NZ focus


CORE is a multidisciplinary aggregator of open access research. It allows users to search more than 66 million open access articles. While most of these link to the full-text article on the original publisher's site, five million records are hosted directly on CORE.

  • Good for Natural History, Business and Humanities


Functioning as a research and publishing network, ScienceOpen offers open access to more than 28 million articles in all areas of science. Although you do need to register to view the full text of the articles, registration is free. The advanced search function is highly detailed, allowing you to find precisely the research you're looking for.

  • Good for Natural History

Research Gate

ResearchGate is the professional network for scientists and researchers. Over 16 million members from all over the world use it to share, discover, and discuss research. We're guided by our mission to connect the world of science and make research open to all.  You need to set up a free account to search etc.

  • Good for Natural History, has some Humanities and Business content is a platform for academics to share research papers. The company's mission is to accelerate the world's research.  Academics use to share their research, monitor deep analytics around the impact of their research, and track the research of academics they follow. Over 118 million academics have signed up to, adding 24 million papers. You need to set up a free account to search etc.

  • Good for Humanities and Business content. Has some Natural History content.

Google Scholar

Did you know that Google has a special search focused on academic publishing? Google Scholar is a free-to-use search that delivers a mixture of free and paywalled online books and articles.  If you hit something you can’t open, make a note of it and request us to inter-library loan it for you.  Email us at

If Google Scholar isn’t turning up what you need, try an open Google search with the article title in quotes, and type the added filter “filetype:pdf”.

  • Good for everything

CIA World Factbook

The CIA World Factbook is a little different from the other resources on this list in that it is not an online journal directory or repository. It is, however, a highly useful research database for academics in a variety of disciplines. All the information is free to access, and it provides facts about every country in the world, including information about history, geography, transportation, and much more.

Google Books

Search and preview millions of books and journals digitized from library collections such as UC Berkeley. Titles out of copyright are available in full. 

  • Good for everything

The Open Research Library

The Open Research Library (ORL) is planned to include all Open Access book content worldwide on one platform for user-friendly discovery, offering a seamless experience navigating more than 20,000 Open Access books.

  • Good for everything

Lists of free databases

There’s so much out there we can’t list it all!  Check out this list of lists...

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