If you live in Australia you can apply to the National Library of Australia (NLA) for a library card.
The NLA has a comprehensive list of online resources, here's the link to the eResources Home page: http://www.nla.gov.au/app/eresources/
Examples of the licensed (subscription) resources are:
- American National Biography Online
- Asahi Shinbunsha: A newspaper database for Asahi Shinbun, one of the major newspapers in Japan. It covers from the first issue in 1879 to the current issue.
- AustLit: the Australian literature resource, a searchable, scholarly source of authoritative biographical, bibliographic, critical, and production information about Australian writers and writing, the publishers, newspapers, magazines and scholarly journals that make this work known. Material from the arrival of European print culture in Australia (c.1788) to the present; pre-1788 works are included, and references to the pre-colonial and continuing storytelling cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
- Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre (EBSCO) full text of leading Australian and New Zealand newspapers and periodicals, newswires and reference books. It includes over 80,000 full-text biographies and an Image Collection of over 502,000 photos, maps and flags
- British Newspapers 1600-1950
- Encyclopaedia Britannica
- Gerritsen Collection : Women's History Online, 1543-1945 (Chadwyck-Healy and Proquest) documenting the lives and experiences of women in the public and private arenas. This collection was begun in the late 19th century by Aletta Jacobs Gerritsen, leading feminist and the Netherlands' first woman doctor brought together an unmatched body of material from continental Europe, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
- Irish Newspaper Archive, the archive dates from 1763 to the present and includes a mix of out of print titles and current titles;
- JSTOR: archive of over 1,000 journals, monographs, newspapers and selected conference proceedings. NLA subscribes to the Arts & Sciences Collections Parts I - XIV, the Nineteenth Century British Pamphlets collection and the Ireland collection.