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Finding Indigenous eresources

 There are many online databases that can be used to find Indigenous based information, articles and books. Read about our Electronic Databases and e.resources for some background information about the rich content available across other collections.

Indigenous Specific Bibliographic Databases

Informit's Australian Online Databases

Informit is one of our biggest online database providers and offers a significant proportion of Australian based database products. A number of these are provided with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) subset.

Here is a short introduction to some of our key Indigenous online databases:

  • AIASTIS - Indigneous Studies Bibliography
    Covers published and unpublished material on Australian Indigenous studies. Compiled at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Library.
  • AEI-ATSI - Australian Education Index
    Covers education and training including learning, psychology, social and cultural influences,language and literacy. Produced by the Cunningham Library at the Australian Council for Education Research.
  • AGIS-ATSIS - Attorney General's Information Services
    Covers a wide range of Aboriginal legal issues such as land rights, native title, customary law, Aboriginal deaths in custody, the criminal justice system and intellectual property rights. Produced by Commonwealth Attorney Generals Office.
  • AHB-ATSI - Australian Heritage Bibliography
    Covers Australian natural and cultural environment, including important historical and archaelogical sites and wilderness areas. Produced by the Australian Heritage Commission.
  • ATSIhealth Bibliography
    Covers Australian Indigenous Health with a strong focus on 1970's onwards. Compiled by School of Health, Edith Cowan University.
  • ATSIS - Australian Family and Society Abstracts Database
    Covers research, policy and practice issues about, or of relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families. Produced by Australian Institute of Family Studies.
  • Australian Public Affairs Information Service
    Covers Australian Indigenous social sciences and humanities including history, economics, politics, current affairs and culture. Produced by the National Library of Australia.
  • MAIS- ATSIS - Multicultural Australian and Immigration Studies
    Covers multicultural issues that specifically relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Produced by the Dept. Immigration and Multicultural Affairs.
  • Indigneous Australia
    Covers a wide range of Australian Indigenous studies including the stolen generation, removal of children, arts, and discrimination.  Represents the collection of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission Library from 1968 to 1999.

Follow the links or go to our Indigneous Australia Database category listing to access these Informit databases and many more. Please note these can only be accessed from within the State Library of Western Australia building.

General Databases with Indigneous Content

As well as the databases provided through the Informit suite of databases, it is worth searching broader databases for content about Aboriginal Australians. All databases can be searched using keywords, and many also provide specialised thesauri which will help you to identify subject categories for easy browsing.

Here are some examples of general database providers that can provide you with pointers to Indigenous content:

Blackwords by AustLit

Blackwords is an information-rich website with a searchable database and an online forum. Blackwords provides access to both general and specific information about Indigenous literary cultures and traditions, providing definitions and an understanding of what Australian Indigenous writing and literature is. Blackwords also contains records describing published and unpublished books, stories, plays, poems and criticism associated with writers and storytellers and includes works in English and in Indigenous languages.

EBSCO Australian Databases

Academic Search Premier and MasterFile Premier

Academic Search Premier provides access to a wide range of full-text scholarly journals and reference sources. The databases include a range of information sources relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Australian and New Zealand Reference Centre

The Australian and New Zealand Reference Centre provides full text content from a range of key Australasian and International magazines and newspapers, as well as reference books, company information, biographies and an image collection. Better still, you can enter your public library card number for access from home.

Book Review Databases

There are a selection of databases that provide you with full-text reviews of published books and publishers. They are a good way to find out what has been published and what a book is about. Look under B in the A-Z of Electronic Resources.


Page last updated: Monday 13 August 2012