We are open every school day from 8am until 5pm.
Come and see us to:
read for relaxation
work on the jigsaw puzzles
get one-on-one help finding info
meet friends during your breaks and eat your morning tea/lunch!
use computers and printers
study in a quietish space
There are four of us in the library team:
Kate Cormack, Library Leader; Tues, Thurs, Fri
Jay Wincer, Librarian: Mon, Wed
Lea-Ann Hanson, Librarian: Mon, Thurs, Fri
Holly Pedersen, Librarian: Tues, Wed, Thurs
Search the library catalogue to find books for reading for pleasure and books, information files and websites for your research.
ComicPlus gives you access to 20,000+ graphic novels
Use your school email and password to login.
ComicPlus for Years 9 to 13
ComicPlus for Years 11 to 13 (will not work for Y9 and Y10)
Don’t download the graphic novels using your own data as this can be expensive. Watch this short video about how to access via your app store.
You have access to 3000+ audio and ebooks through Wheelers. Login using your school email and password.
Access Wheelers directly or via your app store
Search for and download the 'ePlatform by Wheelers'
Once installed search for Paraparaumu College library
Log with your PC email and password
Browse, borrow and then read or listen to books.
Make sure you don't download or listen to audiobooks using data, as this can be very expensive!
Watch this brief video to see how to download audiobooks without using data, and how to listen to them offline.
Need to find some information for an assessment or for a topic of interest and not sure where to start? In addition to our library catalogue you also have access to two key databases which have a wealth of great information.
Want some help? Drop in and ask one of the library team, or fill in the Ask Us form and on this page and one of the team will be in touch with you soon.
1. EPIC - a range of databases covering a wide variety of New Zealand curriculum topics as well as other international content. See the ‘Research Help’ section below for some quick information on how to use Epic.
If you are using Epic outside of school hours, or you are not logged into the College’s network, you will need to login.
You can find the username and password for Epic on your Google Classroom or on the slides shared with you during a library research session. Alternatively you can ‘contact us’ and we will email you the username and password.
1. World Book Online - mostly used for Year 9 and 10 topics; covers a broad range of topics and includes a range of content types, e.g. videos, articles, maps, timelines etc. Use the ‘Advanced Search’ button.
Log into World Book using the Google link and using your school email and password.
New Zealand focused (mainly)
Topic Explorer - selected quality sources on key topics, eg teen issues, climate change etc
NZ History - information on NZ people, places, events and topics
New Zealand Herald - Major Auckland newspaper. Access is only available when connected to the school network
Information File - PC library information file with newspaper and magazine articles on a range of topics. There is an index you can search which sits on top of the information file.
ETV - online video platform which has a wide range of videos covering local and international topics. You can access using your school login and password to access.
NZ Edge Profiles of key New Zealanders including references of sources used
The Conversation - high quality articles written by topic experts covering local and international issues
Papers Past - full text of NZ papers, journals, diaries, letters etc from 1839 to 1989
Stuff - full-text of selected current and past NZ papers, eg The Dominion Post
The New Zealand Herald - Auckland's major newspaper. Access to full text articles when using the website while at school and logged into PC's network.
Need some inspiration on which topic to research? Try these sites.
EPIC - browse topics within a database to find organised pages of relevant material including different content types, eg statistics, text, video, images
World Book Online - searchable by topics; has range of content type, eg videos, articles etc
Quick Lists - see link at the top of the library catalogue for suggested resources by key topics
Digital NZ - search more than 30 million digital items from 200 sources. Results include a range of content types
Research Tips and Tricks
1. How to search
2. What to know whether the information you’ve found is any good?
Here’s a slide on the CRAAP test, a guide to help you decide whether you should trust the information you’ve found.
3. Want some advanced searching tips? Here are a few slides about how to develop a more complex search strategy.
Building research strategies
4. Referencing your work
Here are a few slides explaining the basics of referencing your work and linking to key tools.
5. Other tools
Find it confusing to work out what you’ve found, try Carrot2 which visually organises search results
Any Questions & Many Answers - made for school students in New Zealand
Many Answers has the answers to popular questions asked on Any Questions
Note, the answers give you brief overviews of topics and provide you links and suggestions to key sources
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