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1. LicencedAustLit: the Australian literature resource

: AustLit is a searchable, scholarly source of authoritative biographical, bibliographic, critical, and production information about Australian writers and writing. It also documents the publishers, newspapers, magazines and scholarly journals that make this work known. Material dates largely from the arrival of European print culture in Australia (c.1788) to the present. However, pre-1788 works, are included, as are references to the pre-colonial and continuing storytelling cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

2. FreeAustralia Council for the Arts

The Australia Council: The Australia Council is the Australian Government's funding and advisory body. Through a range of grants, it directly supports young, emerging and established artists, in the fields of: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts, community cultural development, dance, literature, music, new media arts, theatre and visual arts/craft.

3. LicencedAustralian Book Review Online

Australian Book Review: Australian Book Review (ABR) is Australia's oldest literary review. Created in 1961, it publishes reviews, essays, commentaries and creative writing. It has a national scope and is committed to highlighting the full range of critical and creative writing from around Australia. ABR Online can be read on any device with web-browsing capabilities, including desktop computers, laptops, iPads, tablets and smart phones. It offers full access to digital content, including back issues, extended information on contributors and an index that currently covers issues back to 2000. Selective coverage of articles back to 1994/95 is available in APAFT. Indexes for older issues can be found in the print version of ABR, and it is also indexed in AustLit and APAIS.

4. FreeAustralian Copyright Council

Australian Copyright Council: Provides access to a range of information sheets, books, news items, training programs and policy documents.

5. FreeAustralian Literary and Historical Texts

A Collection of 18th, 19th and early 20th Century Australian Texts. The following institutions have provided texts and support for the advancement of this project: Australian Cooperative Digitisation Project 1840-45, Macquarie Dictionary Ozcorp Database, Scholarly Editions Centre at the Australian Defence Forces Academy, Canberra, State Library of New South Wales, Vicnet Ozlit Web Site at the Victorian State Library Scholars Centre, University of Western Australia

6. FreeAustralian Periodical Publications 1840-1845

The Australian Periodical Publications 1840-1845 component of the Australian Cooperative Digitisation Project (ACDP) provides web access to digital copies of Australian serials first published between 1840 and 1845. Fiction published during the same period has also been digitised. These titles are available as searchable text from the University of Sydney's SETIS site at http://setis.library.usyd.edu.au/oztexts/acdp.html

7. FreeAustralian Poetry Library

: The Australian Poetry Library provides access to a wide range of poetic texts as well as to critical and contextual material relating to them, including interviews, photographs and audiovisual recordings. This website currently contains over 42,000 poems, representing the work of more than 170 Australian poets. All the poems are fully searchable, and may be accessed and read freely on the World Wide Web. Readers wishing to download and print poems may do so for a small fee.

8. FreeAustralian studies resources: full text and image collections

SETIS: The Australian Studies Resources page at the University of Sydney Library's Electronic Text and Image Service (SETIS)provides access to digital editions of Australian literary and historical texts and a number of other Australian Studies Resources. Titles available in the Full Text collections include: Australian Literary and Historical Texts, Australian Classic Works (contemporary Authors on demand at Sydney University Press), Australian Federation Full Text Database ( the national debates and auxiliary writings of the 1890's, Australian Cooperative Digitisation Project 1840-45: Novels and Periodicals, Australian Poets: Brennan, Harford and Slessor, Journals of Inland Exploration, First Fleet and Early Settlement (manuscripts and published journals of the First Fleet).

9. LicencedBooks in Print

R. R. Bowker: Comprehensive database of worldwide English language book, audiobook, and video titles. Also contains books out of print, the full Publishers Authority Database, bestseller database (spanning over 100 years) and a database of author biographies.

10. LicencedBritish periodicals online collections I and II

ProQuest: Traces the development and growth of the periodical press in Britain from its origins in the seventeenth century through to the Victorian 'age of periodicals' and beyond. On completion this unique digital archive will consist of almost 500 periodical runs published from the 1680s to the 1930s, comprising six million keyword-searchable pages and forming an unrivalled record of more than two centuries of British history and culture. British Periodicals Collection I consists of more than 160 journals that comprise the UMI microfilm collection Early British Periodicals, the equivalent of 5,238 printed volumes containing approximately 3.1 million pages. Topics covered include literature, philosophy, history, science, the fine arts and the social sciences. British Periodicals Collection II consists of more than 300 journals from the UMI microfilm collections English Literary Periodicals and British Periodicals in the Creative Arts together with additional titles, amounting to almost 3 million pages. Topics covered include literature, music, art, drama, archaeology and architecture. Available for document delivery to Australian libraries. A mobile interface is available for this database at: http://m.search.proquest.com

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Our subject guides

"Australian literature; Research Guide"

A guide to researching Australian literature at the National Library. Includes references to print publications held at the Library and selected websites.