Research for the Higher School Certificate

Program: Research orientation for HSC students   

HSC students in the Library

This free program is designed to give students strategies for making the most of the Library’s collections. It covers searching the catalogue for books and other material as well as finding articles in journals and newspapers using our eresources. The program can be tailored for subjects such as English, Society & Culture, History and Legal Studies. It is available onsite, which includes an orientation tour of the Library, or can be conducted via videoconference.

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All student groups must be accompanied by an adequate number of supervising adults. Appropriate supervision and adult interaction enhances the students' experience and learning. The duty of care resides with the teacher in charge of the excursion. For secondary students, we require 1 adult supervisor per 20 students.

More information:


We have many resources for HSC students. To use our resources, sign up for a Library card. You can sign up online or by visiting us.


  • Browse our eresources to find articles for your subject. Most of our eresources are available to use anywhere if you are a NSW resident with a Library card.


  • Search our catalogue to find books to use in the Library.
  • You can also borrow some of our books through your public library.

HSC subjects   

Subject Resources

Aboriginal Studies

Go to our Aboriginal Studies: HSC major projects page to see digitised copies of selected projects.

Ancient History

Resource list


Resource list

Community and Family Studies

Resource list

Design and Technology

Resource list


Standard research guide
Advanced and Extension research guide

History - Extension

Resource list

Legal Studies

Research guide – includes websites, books, articles, key legislation and court cases.

Check out the HSC Legal Studies News Watch blog for recent changes to the law, recent cases and more.

Society and Culture

Visit the Library to look at copies of award-winning Personal Interest Projects (PIPs) from the past years. These are available on the HSC info shelves on Lower Ground 1 of the State Reference Library.

Recent PIPs are also held at many regional public libraries.

Selected sections of some award-winning PIPs have been digitised. Each shows excellence in a particular area.

Some PIP abstracts are available on the Society and Culture Teachers Association website.

Quick Links

The State Library provides a free Information Request Service.

Macquarie St, Sydney
NSW 2000, Australia
Tel: (02) 9273 1414

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