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Searching EBSCO databases

EbscoHost - The Australian and New Zealand Reference Centre is an online index of journals and newspapers.
A great deal of content is available in full-text. It provides full-text of The Age, The Australian and the Herald-Sun.
ClickView Online is a digitised video library available across the School Network and from home. It provides access to approximately 10,000 titles which can be searched by category or keyword. ClickView also enables a movie clip to be exported in a format that can be inserted easily into Powerpoint or Word.

How to create your bibliography using APA

At Melbourne High School, we recommend the APA referencing style.
APA style is an author-date citation style.

Everything you know about how to create a bibliography is here in this guide.

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Don't forget to collect your information while you have the book or website!

At the time of reading a source, record all of the bibliographic information (descriptive elements) necessary to create a citation. You can either use referencing software or record manually. It is vital to be accurate and clear at this stage to save time later on. 

The information you should record:

  • Author(s)/editor(s).
  • Title.
  • Edition (1st, 2nd, reprint ed. revised ed. etc.).
  • Page numbers for direct quotations (optional for secondary school)
  • Place of publication.
  • Publisher.
  • Date of publication.
  • Web address if online resources and Date Accessed.

Homework | Revision


Khan Academy

The Khan Academy Videos on YouTube which have been recorded by Salman Khan.

MIT'S OpenCourseWare

Stanford School of Medicine
The Stanford School of Medicine Lectures on human biology, health and disease, medical research, and health care. The lectures are available through iTunes and YouTube.

Crash Course

Crash Course is an educational YouTube channel started by John and Hank Green, it is both informative and easy to understand. 

The Open Door

The Open Door

General sites


"The Digital Morphology library is a dynamic archive of information on digital morphology and high-resolution X-ray computed tomography of biological specimens. Browse through the site and see spectacular imagery and animations and details on the morphology of many representatives of the Earth's biota.
The Encyclopedia of Life
The Encyclopedia of Life is a database that aims to have an electronic image of each species of organism to be found on the planet. Best results are obtained when searched by scientific name.

Microscope Imaging Station
Microscope imaging station From Exploratorium

VCE Biology

Interactives and Animations

5 Labs including bacterial identification, inherited diseases of the heart, neurophysiology, gene expression and immunology

Founded in 2002 by Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, the PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates free interactive math and science simulations. PhET sims are based on extensive education research and engage students through an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery.


"PNAS is one of the world's most-cited and comprehensive multidisciplinary scientific journals, publishing more than 3,500 research papers annually.

The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), the official journal of the US National Academy of Sciences (NAS), is an authoritative source of high-impact, original research that broadly spans the biological, physical, and social sciences. The journal is global in scope and submission is open to all researchers worldwide."

Explore scientific, technical, and medical research

"A pioneer of open access publishing, BMC has an evolving portfolio of high quality peer-reviewed journals including broad interest titles such as BMC Biology and BMC Medicine, specialist journals such as Malaria Journal and Microbiome, and the BMC Series.
Expanding beyond biomedicine into the physical sciences, mathematics and engineering disciplines, BMC now offers a wider portfolio of subject fields on a single open access platform."


"BioethicsBytes is a project established and maintained by Chris Willmott at the University of Leicester, UK." "This site hosts a collection of resources to assist in the teaching of bioethics, with particular emphasis on multimedia materials (film, TV, streamed media) as case studies."

BEEP (BioEthics Education Project)

"It is an interactive website and virtual learning environment for secondary school science teachers and their students. It is a teaching resource developed to highlight the moral, ethical, social, economic, environmental and technological implications and applications of biology."