Great Depression

Where can I find information on the Great Depression?

Entry last updated: 11/03/19


The 'Great Depression' lasted from 1929 until the mid-1930s. It started with the 'Wall Street Crash' (also known as the 'Stock Market Crash'), and led to people all around the world losing their jobs, their homes, and their savings. It was a time when many people did not have enough money to live comfortably, and were hungry, cold, and unemployed.

General websites

There is a lot of information available on the internet about the Great Depression. Here are a few websites to get you started.

Britannica School

This is part of EPIC, a collection of reliable databases covering lots of different topics. It’s put together especially for New Zealand school students and helps to answer questions like this.

  • Type your search term 'Great Depression' in either the 'middle' or 'secondary' level search box.
  • Check out the different articles and images. The first article, Great Depression ((1929-1940) economy) is a great introduction to the causes, impact and consequences of the Depression, and can give you lots of other search terms you can look up.
Tips: To get to the EPIC resources you will need a password from your school librarian first. Or you can chat with one of our AnyQuestions librarians between 1 and 6pm Monday to Friday and they will help you online. Some EPIC databases may also be available through your public library.

Kids InfoBits

This database is also part of EPIC. It will give you some background information when you start your research.

  • Type the search term 'Great Depression' into the search bar at the top of the page.
  • This will bring up a range of resources such as news articles, books, pictures etc. that cover the Great Depression and the impacts it had (eg Great Depression, The)
Tips: Many web pages have links to further information or to other recommended sites. Following these links is a great way to find out more. This searching method is called “pearl growing” because you are picking up pieces of sand to make a beautiful pearl!

Biography in Context

This is another EPIC resource you can use to find information about this topic.

  • Type in your search term (eg Great Depression). You will get lots of different types of results.
  • Articles in the Reference section are a good place to start your research, especially ones marked 'topic overview' or 'event overview', because they provide general information (eg Great Depression).
Tips: There are different levels of articles - look for the ones marked with yellow squares.

This is the official site of the History Channel. You will find information on the Great Depression here.

  • At the top of the page, click on Topics, and choose Great Depression. This will give you lots of different information about the topic. Remember to use other websites as well to back up your research!
  • You can also type 'Great Depression' into the search bar in the top right hand corner, but be aware that the first few results from this search may include advertisements.
Tips: Some websites have advertisements (or ads) which ask us to buy something or tell us to ‘click here’. It’s best to ignore these ads and focus on the information we’re looking for.

Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand

Te Ara is a great starting point for all questions about New Zealand Aotearoa. This website has some information about how the Great Depression impacted New Zealand.

  • Type the keywords 'Great Depression' into the search bar.
  • The result will bring up a range of resources related to this topic including this cartoon, The great depression, 1932.
Tips: We like sites that are from government or other reputable organisations, because we can trust the information. You can sometimes tell these sites by their web address – they might have .gov or .edu in their address – or by looking at their About this site or Contact us pages.


There have been many books written on the Great Depression - check out your local public or school library to see what they have.

Some recommended titles are:

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