Subject guide

This NSI Libraries online subject guide provides links to information available on the web. Some resources require a DEC username and password. Don’t know your DEC username and password? Contact your Campus Student Administration or your teacher.

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Subject web links


Advanced Association of Beauty Therapists - AABth

Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Association - HBIA


Beauty tips

Beauty makeup tips. info

HBA Global expo

MakeUp-411 - Includes expert advice & celebrity make-up


Skin & nail care

Nail and Skin problems

Provided by the Victorian government's better health channel

Skin, hair and nails

MedlinePlus, American National Institute of Health's website


Skin problems & treatments health center


Related subject guides

Directories and glossaries

Beauty - Natural therapy pages

Beauty - Vogue Australia

Beauty Tech - Resources for beauty salon businesses

Beautydirectory - Insider guide to the media and industry

Lamas beauty glossary - Definitions of beauty industry terminology



Government information

Beauty services - Australian Taxation Office

Beauty services - NSW Fair Trading

Beauty therapists - Job outlook

Beauty treatment hygiene standards - NSW health

Boils and skin infections - NSW health

Hair & beauty - Fair Work Ombudsman including Award

Nail treatment (manicures and pedicures) hygiene standards - NSW health

Skin Penetration Industry - NSW health



eJournals, eBooks & other eResources



Freely available journals



Click the link of one of the selected journals or databases. Log in using your DEC username and password.

Business Source Complete




Gale Cengage Learning

Click the link to the databases or one of the selected journals. Log in using your DEC username and password.

Gale databases


ProQuest Central

Click the link to the databases or one of the selected journals. Log in using your DEC username and password.

ProQuest Central





Login in to eBooks on EBSCOhost or one of the examples using your DEC username and password.


Online videos


Login to vLearn via Equella or the listed videos using your DEC username and password.



Training toolboxes and other TAFE learning resources

Log in using your DEC username and password. You can view or download these resources.

Free video

  • Beauty tips for your face - Archive for the 'Beauty tip videos' category
  • eHow style - Learn professional makeup application tips from an expert cosmetician in these free online how-to videos on eye makeup, lipstick, eyeshadow, and more.
  • Videostar - Elle spotlights the web's best D.I.Y. tutorials



This subscription service gives TAFE NSW students access to over 6,500 full-text Australian standards. Search for relevant Australian standards by visiting Australian Standards Online. Full-text access only available in your NSI Library (For downloads USB drive required) - contact your librarian.

  • AS/NZS 3130:1995 - Approval and test specification for beauty therapy equipment
  • AS/NZS 3350.2.32:2001 - Safety of household and similar electrical appliance
  • AS/NZS 60335.2.27:2004/Amdt 1:2005
    Household and similar electrical appliances - safety - - particular requirements for skin exposure to ultraviolet and infrared radiation


   Databases covering health and business subjects

While there are no specific databases on Beauty, you will find information on topics such as beauty and skin care, retail and business in these databases. For the full list of general databases and instructions go to the eResources Portal.

Name Description Access


Provides an A to Z listing, and the ability to search, for eJournal titles that are available from our eJournal database providers EBSCOhost, Gale and ProQuest.

To view the entire list of databases included, see the Databases A-Z tab within the eJournal A-Z product. eJournal titles can be accessed by clicking the link of the available database provider listed under the title.

No authentication is required to access the index. You will need your DEC username and password when accessing journal titles.

Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre - EBSCO's searchable database provides full text, and index access to many local and international magazines, newspapers and reference books. Most general subjects are covered, including business and retail.

DEC username and password required.


Business Source Complete

Business Source Complete (BSC) is a business research database, providing full text a large number of journals. Coverage is provided in all disciplines of business, including marketing, management, MIS, POM, accounting, finance and economics.

DEC username and password required.


CINAHL Plus with Full Text is the world's most comprehensive source of full text for nursing & allied health journals, providing full text for more than 760 journals. With more than 600,000 full-text articles dating back to 1937, CINAHL Plus is the definitive research tool for all areas of nursing and allied health including dermatology.

DEC username and password required.

The eBook collection on EBSCOhost provides full-text access to a wide range of online books, including business and management. Currently more than 800 eBooks are available in this collection as well as 3400 publicly-accessible eBooks of Project Gutenberg.

DEC username and password required.

Gale databases provide access to periodical and news information on a diverse set of topics. The sub-collection General OneFile includes over 6,300 full-text titles and 400 newspaper services (a total of more than 11,000 titles). Also included in the subscription is the 'General Reference Centre Gold'.

DEC username and password required.

The Facts on File is a set of online reference databases including the Health Reference Center database. It contains articles, illustrations and videos relating to a wide range of health topics including skin care and skin disorders.

Students: use your DEC username and password with @edu at the end of username (e.g. john.smith@edu).

Staff: use your DEC username and password with @det at the end of the username (e.g. john.smith@det).


Student Portal


Staff Portal

Contains over 1,500 high quality online courses teaching creative and business skills on about 1,600 subject areas such as MS Office, Adobe programs, digital media, social media, web development, programming, design, smart phones, tablets and computers. These comprehensive courses are available in all levels from beginners to advanced.

Only for NSI students & staff.

Students: log in to the Student Portal with their DEC username and password. Then go to the My Learning tab and click the More option.

Staff: log in to the Staff Portal with their DEC username and password and click the My training tab.

MarketLine Advantage offers a comprehensive collection of business profiles such as:

  • 33,000+ company profiles incl. 2,500+ SWOT
  • 3,500+ industry profiles incl. Porters Five Forces scorecards
  • 110+ country profiles
  • 150+ up-to-date case studies  

It also gives you access to country statistics, market data analytics, financial deals (monthly) and company financials & top ten industry players guide as well as news and opinions (live feed).

Students: use your DEC username and password with @edu at the end of the username (e.g. john.smith@edu).

Staff: use your DEC username and password with @det at the end of the username (eg john.smith@det).

ProQuest Central provides access to a set of databases containing more than 125 billion digital pages covering arts, literature, social science, general reference, business, science, technology, and medicine. ProQuest includes the world's largest digital newspaper archive including ANZ Newsstand and periodical databases comprising the output of more than 9,000 titles.

DEC username and password required.

vLearn via Equella

175 vLearn videos are now available via Equella.
Subject areas covered are business, career development, hospitality & food services, anatomy, beauty services, child studies, customer service, English language, health & safety, history, HRM, nursing, nutrition, sport & recreation, tourism and more.

Only for NSI students & staff.

DEC username and password required.


   Library catalogue

The NSW TAFE Library catalogue lists all the resources held in NSW TAFE libraries. You can search by keyword, author, title and subject and also limit searches to specific types of materials and specific college libraries. The catalogue has links to, and the addresses and contact details of, all individual NSW TAFE Libraries.

Subject headings

Catalogue links to some beauty subjects and availability through NSI Libraries are listed below. Please note: the search results are limited to items available in NSI Libraries. Do a new search if you want to find items held by your local library or to get results for all TAFE NSW Libraries.


Beauty, Personal

Eye -- Care and hygiene


Beauty culture

Face -- Care and hygiene


Beauty operators -- Training of

Feminine beauty (Aesthetics)


Beauty shops

Health resorts -- Management


Beauty shops -- Customer services

Industrial safety


Beauty shops -- Management

Interpersonal communication


Beauty shops -- Marketing




Skin -- Care and hygiene


Consumer educating

Retail trade


Customer relations

Wedding -- Planning


Revised by YC: 30.10.2014

Last updated: 30.10.2014