NCEA General Topics

Dunedin Public Libraries offers a variety of print and digital resources that you will find useful for NCEA topics. Our primary sources include newspapers, speeches, letters and government documents.


This reference-only collection, located on the third floor of the City Library, includes material written by New Zealand authors or with mainly New Zealand content.

Although this material cannot be borrowed, there is a photocopy machine and a microfilm copier available for public use.

The Heritage section of our website contains further information about The McNab New Zealand Collection.


This primary source resource is a contemporary record of modern history and international current events, arranged geographically. The library holds volumes spanning 1931 to 2014.

Volumes of Keesing’s Record of World Events are held on the first floor of the City Library and are reference only. Ask at the desk.


Our newspapers are reference-only and can’t be borrowed.

We recommend the following newspapers as resources for researching NCEA history topics:

Times of London

The City Library holds copies of The Times of London on microfilm (1914 – 1950; 1965 – 2002).

The Sunday Times

The City Library holds copies of The Sunday Times on microfilm (1977 – 2002).

The New York Times

The City Library holds copies of The New York Times in print (1936 – 1949) and on microfilm (1949 – 2001).


Acronym Finder

This site covers thousands of abbreviations and acronyms.


Acronyms and abbreviations search engine.

How Stuff Works

This is a good site for science projects and a great place to learn how the world works.

Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is a continuously growing library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form. Like a paper library, it provides free access to researchers, historians, scholars and the general public.

Internet Tools

iTools will give you quick access to the best Internet tools.

Many Answers

Many Answers lets you search for answers to popular homework questions asked at


This site is made up of selected, complete texts, news, message board and useful study guides. You may be required to join, but membership is free.

Statistics New Zealand

Find statistics about: people in New Zealand, including details about the population; the economy, including the main economic performance indicators; the New Zealand environment, including statistics about natural resources.


Studyit is your one-stop site for achieving in NCEA levels 1, 2 and 3 English. Find what you need to know, contact subject teachers, and get encouragement from other students.

The Study Guides

This multilingual site is useful in developing effective study skills.

Te Ara, the Encyclopedia of New Zealand

A wonderful resource, with features about: the bush; Māori New Zealanders; NZ in brief; earth, sea and sky; New Zealand peoples; settled landscape and places. This is good place to look if you are interested in the different groups of immigrants who came to NZ, or anything about NZ and NZers.


Studying French? Use this site to conjugate, translate and test yourself on over 4000 verbs.


This site contains numerous links to a variety of subjects.