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English: General Resources

General resources for English study.

Source: Christine Hume

This page provides access to many great resources which will support your English subject studies at Norwood. Library and teaching staff have collected the websites and links on this page to help you! Click through the tabs below to explore these resources.

Newspaper article

Writing a news article is different from writing other articles or informational pieces, because news articles present information in a specific way. It's important to be able to convey all the important information in a limited word count and giving the best information to your targeted audience. Knowing how to write a news article can help you expand a journalism career, exercise your writing skills and convey information clearly and concisely.


If you're in business you know that to attract customers and get results, you have to advertise. A great ad attracts attention, generates interest in your product, and leaves consumers with a strong desire to buy it. See Step 1 and beyond to learn the tenets of writing a compelling and effective ad.


This overview will begin acquaint you with the screenplay format writing rules and screenwriting etiquette you'll need to know about. Learning how to write a screenplay involves many facets but this basic information will give you a head start on your endeavours, including practical information to help you get your scripts read. And hopefully turned into movies.

Movie Review

Whether a movie is a rotten tomato or a brilliant work of art, if people are watching it, it's worth critiquing. A good movie review should entertain, persuade and inform, providing an original opinion without giving away too much of the plot. A great movie review can be a work of art in its own right. Read on to learn how to analyse a movie, come up with an interesting thesis and write a review as entertaining as your source material.

Young Adult Novel

Young adult fiction is one of the most rapidly expanding and exciting categories in which you you can write and publish. Although many people think young adult novels are only written for teenagers, they have a much broader audience and appeal. While engaging a young adult audience can be a challenge, you can make your novel a success by avoiding common mistakes, planning your novel carefully, and adapting your writing style.

Graphic Novel

Impressed and inspired by your favourite graphic novel? To make your own, start by perfecting your drawing style. Then come up with a set of amazing characters, plot out a story, and use pencil and ink to bring it to life. Finish by adding some colour to make your pages pop!

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Norwood students now have access to a Victorian Newspaper Database by NewsBank - login to read and download full text articles from all Victoria's major newspapers (eg. The Age, Herald Sun), and local Leader newspapers.

Type the following information when prompted for a username and password:

USERNAME: norwoodsec

PASSWORD: (for security reasons please email for the password or come ask at the library)

Current Social Issues & Current Environmental Issues

Current Social Issues and Current Environmental Issues are two hard copy journals which bring together selected and reformatted newspaper articles from all the major metropolitan newspapers into a fortnightly journal.

Annual indexes to the end of 2016 are available as PDF or Word documents. They also offer a free, searchable consolidated index which includes all articles published from 2001 to the end of volume 116 (2016).

Herald Sun

The NSC Library Resource Centre keeps the last 6 months of the Herald Sun in print form. To access please ask library staff.

Today's edition of the Herald Sun is available for reading in the Library Resource Centre.

Echo News Index

A free program by the University of Queensland Library for secondary school students.

LOGIN REQUIRED: Please see the library staff or your English teacher for username and password. Or email

Cambridge Dictionary Online

Free online dictionary from Cambridge University Press.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.

Google Books


Book Search works just like web search. Try a search on Google Books or on 

If the book is out of copyright, or the publisher has given us permission, you'll be able to see a preview of the book, and in some cases the entire text. If it's in the public domain, you're free to download a PDF copy.

If you find a book you like, click on the "Buy this book" and "Borrow this book" links to see where you can buy or borrow the print book.


10 of the Best Citation Generators to Make Your Research Easier

Cite This For Me

Create Harvard, APA & MLA citations for your bibliography.


Check your English text for grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors with Grammarly’s free grammar checker!

National Novel Writing Month

National Novel Writing Month began in 1999 as a daunting but straightforward challenge: to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Now, each year on November 1, hundreds of thousands of people around the world begin to write, determined to end the month with 50,000 words of a brand new novel. They enter the month as elementary school teachers, mechanics, or stay-at-home parents. They leave novelists.


Storybird provides simple tools help you build books in minutes. Let the art inspire and surprise you as you write. Readers will encourage you along the way.

Contact library staff for log-in details.


How to find themes in books (Book Riot, 2021, August 27)

Whether you’re studying something for fun or pleasure, looking for themes can be a rewarding exercise. Though definitions vary a bit, a theme is usually the main idea of a work or the message an author wants to explore. For some texts, it may be a moral, but it does not have to be. Instead, look for something more universal and complicated, and you will probably be heading in the right direction. In order to understand what this means for an individual work, it may help to concentrate first on what a theme is not. Here are some simple steps on how to find themes in books you read.

VCE Study Guides

A great online resource for studying issues and techniques on delivering your oral presentations.



CliffsNotes is the original (and most widely imitated) study guide. CliffsNotes study guides are written by real teachers and professors, so no matter what you're studying, CliffsNotes can ease your homework headaches and help you score high on exams.

Novelguide is the premier free source for literary analysis on the web. They provide an educational supplement for better understanding of classic and contemporary literature. is continually in the process of adding more books to the website each week. 

Open Source Shakespeare

Open Source Shakespeare attempts to be the best free Web site containing Shakespeare's complete works. It is intended for scholars, thespians, and Shakespeare lovers of every kind. OSS includes the 1864 Globe Edition of the complete works, which was the definitive single-volume Shakespeare edition for over a half-century.


Never fret your regularly scheduled, mid-class space-out sesh again! What you wish your teacher had actually told you instead of going on that weird tangent about grapefruits. These literature study guides guide you through everything you need to know about everything literature.


Sparknotes guides contain thorough summaries and insightful critical analyses. They offer more than 500 guides for English literature and Shakespeare, and a vast number of guides for history, math, biology, and other subjects. Their most popular guides now include quick quizzes, so you can test your retention before the test.