City of Swan


In this section you will find a variety of educational online resources to aid in learning and study. There is something for learning at all levels - toddlers, teenagers and adults.

General Resources
Resource Description
Encylopedia Britannica Encyclopedia Britannica*
A powerful resource to search or browse for information in encyclopedias, magazines, videos and websites. You can also explore a dictionary, thesaurus, atlases, timelines and other features.
Byki Transparent Language Transparent Language Online*
Heading overseas and want to learn a bit of the local language before you go? Or perhaps English is your second language and you want to improve?

iPhone, iPod touch & iPad / Android
Department of Transport logo Department of Transport
Licensing / My driver's licence / Learn to drive (my first licence) / Tools and resources
Looking to get your first driver's licence? The Department of Transport website has online learner activities and resources, a Hazard Perception Test simulator, and access to sample road rule, motorcycle and alcohol quizzes.

* Available to library members

Junior Resources
Resource Description
 Encylopedia Britannica Junior Encyclopedia Britannica Junior*
Features introductory-level content for young students aged 6 to 10 years old. Britannica Junior has been created especially for readers at the primary school level and contains thousands of shorter articles covering subjects for school and fun, from nations of the world to animals and sports.
Intrepica Literacy Planet Literacy Planet by Intrepica*
A high-quality, play-based, literacy resource with more than 10,000 activities online for children of all ages and ability. Children and parents can select from activities focusing on pre-reading skills, phonics, reading, spelling, vocabulary, grammar and comprehension in a fun, exciting and safe online environment.

When creating your online account to access the service, you will need to select "Western Australian Libraries" from the drop down list located on the sign up page.

iPad / Android
Note: Before using the app you will first need to visit the Literacy Planet website and create an account.
Busythings Busythings*
An online resource for the early years that includes over 115 fun learning activities that help children learn important skills in the key learning areas of creative development, problem solving, reasoning, numeracy, communication, language and literacy and knowledge and understanding of the world. Provided through Better Beginnings - a State Library of Western Australia initiative supporting families in sharing a love of reading.

iPhone & iPad / Android
TumbleBook Library TumbleBook Library
An online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joy of reading in a format they'll love.
Stay Smart Online Stay Smart Online for Kids
Kids, to have a good time on the internet, you need to keep yourself cyber safe and cyber secure. Stay Smart Online has a host of information to keep you safe, and also features a fun game where you can build your own cyber security Budd:e.
ABC for Kids ABC for Kids
A rich and happy environment for children to explore. It's also a detailed information point with easy access to your favourite ABC Kids' characters, TV programs and online games.

* Available to library members

Young Adult Resources
Resource Description
Encylopedia Britannica Student Encyclopedia Britannica Student*
Features intermediate-level content for students aged 10 to 14 years old. Britannica Student makes the authoritative content of the encyclopedia lively and easy to read.
NoveList NoveList*
A comprehensive readers' advisory solution for fiction lovers. It is designed to help readers answer the question of "what to read next". It also features Author Read-alikes - that is, if you like a particular author, you can find other authors with similar writing styles. There are also BookTalks, feature articles and Book Discussion Guides which can help students working on literary assignments.
Stay Smart Online Stay Smart Online for Teens
Learn how to protect yourself and your privacy when using social network sites and how to deal with cyber bullying with this handy online resource. Stay Smart Online has a host of information to keep you safe, and you can also build your own cyber security Budd:e to help you explore topics such as cyber security, spyware, online scams, computer viruses and more.
Trove Trove
Trove is a new discovery experience focused on Australia and Australians. It supplements search engine information with reliable data from Australia's archival institutions. If you’re researching in the fields of the social sciences, literature, local or family history or you just need inspiration for your school assignment, this is the tool for you.

* Available to library members

Last Update : 28/08/2015
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