Online Libraries

Here you will find links to the State Library of Victoria (Ergo), Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (Fuse), National Library of Australia (Trove) and our local libraries (Mornington Peninsula and Frankston) to help you in searching for information.  If you need further help accessing these libraries please contact library staff – library@mesc.vic.edu.au

ergo – State Library of Victoria

Ergo is a website that has been created by The State Library of Victoria and it has four sections which are useful for anyone wishing to use primary sources of information in the classroom.

  • Learn Skills – covers tips on improving your Research Skills, Essay Writing Skills and Study Skills
  • Explore History – access to many primary sources of information held by the SLV under the topics of Rebels & Outlaws, Fight for Rights, Land & Exploration and Colonial Melbourne.
  • For Teachers –  a range of resources, activities and worksheets for VELS level 5 and 6, and VCE. There are four kits for each level which contain a selection of original materials from the SLV.
  • About SLV – find out about the State Library of Victoria which was founded in 1853 by Sir Redmond Barry.

“When it comes to assignments and exams, it’s good to know how to make your work stand out from the crowd. That’s where ergo can help. This practical guide to research, essay writing and studying shows you how to find resources, write great essays and prepare for exams. It also has a huge range of original documents and images you can use. ergo helps you make your work the best it can be.”

FUSE – Dept. of Education

Fuse is a virtual library of the Department of Education which provides access to a wide variety of resources for teaching and learning.  Users can also upload their own content, documents, videos, etc. in a variety of formats.

  • Students are able to access a wide variety of resources via Connect, with sites for ‘Early Childhood’, ‘Primary’ and ‘Secondary Students’.
  • Teachers can access extra resources by logging in with their Edumail details. These include professional development and learning resources, teaching and learning content, web conferencing, teacher blogs,interactive learning objects (Learning Federation inclusive) and access to departmental policies relating to education and practice.

Trove – National Library of Australia

Trove is a National Library of Australia database which enables you to find and get Australian resources.  Over 90 million items from over 1000 libraries, museums and archives and other organisations can be found via this site.

Digital content includes:

  • full text-books
  • journals and newspaper articles,
  • images
  • music, sound and video
  • maps
  • diaries and letters
  • websites 

Mornington Peninsula Library

Mornington Peninsula Library is a local library service for residents of the Mornington Peninsula and surrounding areas.  Members are able to access library databases, check their library records, find out about upcoming events, search the library catalogue, and much more.

Frankston Library

Frankston City Library is a local library service for residents of Frankston and surrounding areas.  Members are able to access library databases, check their library records, read the Blogalogue, find out about guest speakers, search the library catalogue, and much more.

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