New Zealand Index - Frequently Asked Questions
What is New Zealand Index?
A collection of New Zealand related databases where publications are indexed providing a record of source, dates, bibliographic information and sometimes, a short abstract.
What is an abstract?
A short description of an article.
Why can't I get the full article?
Sometimes the owner does not want to put it on The Knowledge Basket or anywhere else in full digital form. They want to sell the print version and sometimes put some parts on their own website, or it may only be available in print form.
How many collections are there on The Knowledge Basket New Zealand Index?
What are they?
• From Auckland City Libraries :-
Index Auckland - a record of information about Auckland compiled from disparate sources
New Zealand Card Index - 1950's-1996 indexes a range of sources including national and local newspapers, periodicals and books.
• Bibliographies from the University of Waikato Library :-
Bibliography of NZ Bibliographies - a listing of bibliographies published in New Zealand or about New Zealand
Bibliography of NZ Family Histories - a listing of separately-published histories of families with descendants in New Zealand
Bibliography of the Greater Waikato Region - a bibliography of all publications (excluding newspapers) - books, theses, periodical articles, AJHR reports, special issues of newspapers - which relate to the Greater Waikato Region
Bibliography on Homosexuality in NZ - a listing of bibliographies published both in New Zealand and overseas relating to homosexuality in New Zealand
Maori Bibliography - a subject index to information on Maori topics appearing in books, conference proceedings and selected periodicals held in the University of Waikato Library.
• Family Notices Classifieds since 2003, from the NZ Herald.
• INNZ - Index New Zealand from the National Library of New Zealand
• INZART - Index to New Zealand Art produced by the University of Auckland Library.
• Manukau's Journey - Chronology of significant events in the history of the Counties Manukau region from Manukau Libraries.
• Newzindex - a great record of business writing and reporting in New Zealand from 1985 on from The Knowledge Basket.
• Newspaper Index also known as NINX - index record of the New Zealand newspapers compiled by the Parliamentary Library from 1989-2003.
• NZ Science, a collection of scientific abstracts covering NZ Science writing back to 1840.
• The New Zealand Woman's Weekly Index of Names mentioned - 1932-1959, compiled by Julie Daymond-King.
• Southland Regional News Index an index of local newspapers and sources from Dunedin Public Libraries.
Where can I get the whole article from this collection?
• If it is from Newzindex you can get it from the public library.
• If it is from Index New Zealand you can get it from the National Library, or try your local library.
• If it is from the Southland Regional News Index you can get it from Dunedin Public Libraries or the National Library.
• If it is from NZ Science, then go to the CRI who put up the information.
• If it is from Index Auckland go to the Auckland Public Library.
• If it is from the NZ Woman's Weekly Index you can see microfilm versions at Auckland and Dunedin City Public Libraries, the Alexander Turnbull and National libraries in Wellington, and Turitea library at Massey University, Palmerston North.
• If it is from INZART go to the University of Auckland Library.
How can I research my family history or genealogical information from early times?
The NZ Woman's Weekly index covers the period 1932-1951, Manukau's Journey and Index Auckland contain records from early settlement times. These three indexes provide the names of family members in the context of the article. The New Zealand Herald's Classified Advertisements include births, deaths and marriages since 2003. The Bibliography of Family New Zealand Histories has records from 1860 onwards.
Why would I use an index anyway?
Finding business names and history, people's names and history are sometimes not easy to locate in a full text database and it makes more sense to look in a keyword abstract collection first. An index may go back to pre-electronic production of newspapers and magazines, and of course, sometimes the paper version of the newspaper or journal may no longer be available.
Why are the NZ Herald's Classified Advertisements in the New Zealand Index?
Family notices like the Births and Deaths can be searched along with other indexes that contain family histories such as Index Auckland, NZ Woman's Weekly and the Bibliography of NZ Family Histories.
I can get science material about New Zealand in other places, so why bother with NZ
Yes you can, but you will not get the unpublished papers and the conference material quite as readily. Nor will you find the depth of archive.
What else is NZ Science useful for?
Those school projects on mangroves and similar topics or the papers your partner in the law firm gave at an environmental conference.
I am a student - can I afford it?
Most New Zealand universities and polytechs have access to New Zealand Index for all students. Check with the library at your university or college.
I am at school can I have it?
We have a very special offer for all schools. Check with your library to see if your school has a site licence.
Can I search on the New Zealand Index and just pay for what I use? No you must have a site licence for this database.
How do I start?
Call us about a site licence. ph. 0800 4 56695 or 0800 4 KNOWL...
or Email Linda Winterburn.
Is there anyone to help me in the beginning?
Yes The Knowledge Basket office is there at the end of a phone to help you until you feel comfortable.