Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Spotlight on the National Library of Australia

Today we highlight some of the great resources freely available from the National Library of Australia, as part of our Library and Information Week celebrations. No one library is able to provide access to all the resources in every subject area, so take some time this week to look around, especially in National and State Libraries.
Australian Research Online - where you can search 438,504 Australian research outputs, including theses; preprints; postprints; journal articles; book chapters; music recordings and pictures. Currently more than half of Australian universities have public research repositories, which can be simultaneously searched through this site along with various government repositories. The service also searches several other collections of Australian research, including Australian Policy Online, and Australasian Digital Theses Program. While the specific open access policies will vary between contributing institutions, repositories offer a vehicle for researchers to make their work publicly available.

Trove - provides integrated access to approximately 90 million items from a range of the National Library's collaborative services, as well as some external sources. External sources include:
eResources - find indexes, databases and full text ejournals. Includes freely available Websites, licenced resources available if you have a library card, and onsite resources, accessible in the Library building. Licenced resources include:

Digitised collections - Explore the Australian story through captivating pictures, rare historical maps, early Australian printed music, manuscripts belonging to famous Australians, selected printed works from our Australian and overseas collections, and selected audio recordings of our oral history and folklore items.

You can view more than 2300 books, journals and ephemera online, ranging from James Cook’s Voyage to the Pacific Ocean and John Gould's Birds of Australia to Dorothy Wall's Blinky Bill and C.J. Dennis’ A Book for Kids. Some rare works from the Library’s Asian Collections are also worth taking a look at, such as the early Korean work on Confucian ethics Samgang haengsil, or Tian fu xia fan zhao shu from the London Missionary Society Collection.

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