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New Zealand Geographic Archive resource

13 Apr 2015

Our Subjects / Ā Mātou Kaupapa:
Animals, Geography, Society and culture

What sort of information is in the New Zealand Geographic Archive?

LEVEL: Intermediate / Secondary

The New Zealand Geographic Archive is one of the EPIC resources. This site gives access to all the back issues of the New Zealand Geographic magazine, right from 1989 to the current issue. The site is updated regularly and is designed to work well on devices like smartphones.

We recommend using New Zealand Geographic Archive if you would like to:

  • Find out about environmental and social issues in New Zealand (everything from our remembrance of Gallipoli to street art, education, Antarctica and studies of plants and animals!);
  • Research how New Zealand views on the environment and society have developed since 1989;
  • Find articles that use lots of pictures and graphs to present information, trends and research.

To get to the EPIC resources you will need a password from your school librarian first. Or you can log on to between 1 and 6pm Monday to Friday, and one of the librarians can help you online. Some EPIC resources may also be available through your public library.

Once you have opened New Zealand Geographic Archive, you can choose to browse the latest magazines or to use the search bar to look for articles on your topic. Search results appear in a small list over top of the homepage.

HOT TIP: Sometimes searching with lots of keywords at the same time will return no results at all! Try doing a more general search to start with - you can always go back and change it or narrow the results if they are not what you want. For example, you could start with 'pests’ and then try a search including 'possum' or 'white butterfly'.

Click on any of the articles and they will open in a reading window, as if you’re reading the actual magazine! Use the arrows on the side to turn the pages, and click on a page to zoom in and read it.

You can skim through the article by using the bar at the bottom. You can also make the magazine take up the whole screen by clicking on the little four-arrow icon on the left side of the screen (the middle icon with the single arrow takes you back to the home page).

Some articles are quite long, so there is the option of searching further within the magazine you're reading to find the particular information you're looking for. Click the little magnifying glass on the left side of the screen and use the search bar to find the relevant pages.

The great things about this site are its reliable authorship, amazing range of pictures and the focus on New Zealand content! But there are a few points you need to be aware of when using it for your research:

  • The keyword search on this site doesn’t recognise spelling mistakes or offer ‘did you mean…’ suggestions, so it’s worth checking that keywords are spelled correctly!
  • So far as we know, there is no option to print the full-text articles from this site.
  • The reading window will not load properly in Internet Explorer 8.

Remember, if you have trouble finding what you need, log on to between 1 and 6pm Monday to Friday and a librarian will help you online.

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