EPIC is a group of e-resources which hold thousands of reference works, images, magazine articles, sound and video clips and are updated daily.  These resources are in the 'deep-web' and are not available through regular internet searching.


The EPIC group of databases cover a wide range of curriculum topics and you may need to search in more than one to find the information you need.  Click on any of the icons below to link directly to the database if using this site outside of St Andrew's College - if you are accessing EPIC at the College, click on the EPIC logo above.  For the St Andrew's College EPIC password, email the library or ask at the library desk.


The 'tips' icon will take you to a tip sheet on the use of the database.

Access to peer-reviewed articles from the world's leading academic journals and reference sources.

Recommended years levels 11 - 13

An extensive range of contemporary and historical biographies of
notable people.  Searchable by name, nationality and occupation.

Recommended year levels 7 - 13

Search or browse for books by genre, author, age group, period, theme or find award winners.

Recommended year levels 7 - 13

Access to professional development articles and resources covering education from pre-school through to teriary level.

For teacher professional development

Access to a wide range of general international magazines and
reference sources.

Recommended year levels 9 - 13

An easy to use resource that brings balanced information to students seeking to understand international issues.  Ties together news, global viewpoints, reference, country information, video, statistics and more.

Recommended years levels 7 - 13

Access to peer-reviewed articles from the world's leading academic journals and reference sources.

Recommended year levels 11 - 13

Authoritative answers to health and medical question from over 700 health/medical journals and pamplets.  Includes an online medical encylopedia, dictionary and links to relevant websites.

Recommended year levels 9 - 13

Critical essays , book reviews, biographies and author inteviews from a range of periods and genres.

Recommended year levels 9 - 13

Full text access to a wealth of literary works, biographies, reviews and more.

Recommended years levels 9 - 13

Multiple perspectives on major contentious social, political and technological issues. Includes topical overviews and point of view

Recommended year levels 7 - 13

Authoritative information on today's most significant science topics.  Subjects range from earth science and life science, to space,
technology, science history, biography and more

Recommended years levels 7 - 13

A wide range of reference resources on Shakespeare, including
criticism and commentary.  Full text of Shakespear's works available.

Recommended year levels 9 - 13

Resources for students on many curriculum topics, including
overviews, biographies, timelines, plot summaries and audio clips.

Recommended year levels 7 - 13

Selected reference e-books containing biographies, literature and social science information.

Recommended year levels 9 - 13

Access to a wide range of international history topics including 20th century history and ancient history.  Features full text articles, primary sources, maps and images.

Recommended year levels 7 - 13

Full text access to the largest collection of the most popular magazines, journals and other highly-regarded resources including Time Magazine, Newsweek and new Scientist. 

Recommended year levels 7 - 13

Access to full-text articles from international, Australian and New Zealand magazines and newspapers.  Includes up-to-date full text access to most major New Zealand daily neswpapers; searchable back a decade or more.

Recommended year levels 7 - 13

Grove Music Online, The New Grove Dictionary of Music, Opera, Musicians, Jazz and much more.


Years 9 - 13

Grove Art Online, The Dictionary of Art, The Oxford Companion to Western Art and much more.


Years 9 - 13

Information aimed at year 7 -10 students on a wide range of subjects; including literature, social studies, science and history.

Level: Year 7-10

An easy to use information resource aimed at primary school students which includes a wide range of topics such as animals, arts, geography, technology and more.

Level: Year 1-6, Year 7-10


World Book Online Encyclopedia is an excellent place to start your research for a brief overview of your topic.


WB Online has three levels which caters for all students.  Click on the icon above to enter the WB site - you can get the St Andrew's College WB password by emailing the library or ask at the library desk.

World Book also provides eBooks on a wide range of topics.  Go to our eBooks and audiobooks page for more information.


Britannica Online Encyclopedia is another good source for starting your research.


Britannica provides three levels of access, primary, middle and secondary.  You will need the EPIC password to enter the site - email the library or ask at the library desk.

World Data Analyst will give you statistics, rankings, comparisons and much more from all countries around the world.  Enter the Britannica online site and click on the WDA link.



Articles on Ancient History.

A virtual community for teaching and learning Classics.



Resources for modern world history.

The Churchill Archive is a unique resource that brings nearly 800,000 documents amassed by Winston S. Churchill throughout his life online for the first time.  Not only does the Churchill Archive contain a wealth of primary source material, this unique online resource also includes invaluable secondary material for use in teaching modern world history from secondary to university level.


Click on the image below to access the Churchill Archive - email the library or ask at the library desk for the StAC password to the Churchill archive.


Click on the New Zealand flag for best research sources for New Zealand material.




Search across all the Gale Cengage databases.

Search across the EBSCO databases.

Search across all the Gale Cengage Literary databases

A school interface to search across all the EBSCO databases.