Subject guides

Our guides contain key resources on selected subjects that will help get you started on your research. There are two main types of guide:

  • Print resources guides which contain catalogue search tips and selected print works; and
  • Selected websites guides which list freely available websites.

For enhanced subject access to all our electronic resources including full-text databases, indexes, e-journals and websites, go to eResources.

For a listing of guides and major bibliographies which are specific to the holdings of the National Library of Australia or which include significant reference to the Library's collections, see our Published guides page.

Aboriginal Australia

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples: print resources

Mura Gadi: an online guide to manuscripts, pictures and oral histories in the National Library of Australia relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples

Asia

Asian Accounts of Australia: Bibliographies

Bibliography of works on Timor Leste (East Timor)

Bibliography of Australiana collections in the Chinese language

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Biography

Australian biography: print resources

Business and commerce

Australian companies: print resources

Family history and genealogy

Australian birth, marriage and death records

Australian censuses and musters: print resources

Australian electoral rolls: print resources

Australian family history and genealogy: selected websites

Cemetery records: print resources

Family history sources in the Newspapers and Microforms Reading Room

Newspaper indexes

Ship and passenger records: print resources

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History

Australian history: print resources

Australian history: selected websites

Law

Australian law: selected websites

Guide to overseas laws and statutes

Law reports and court records: print resources

Literature

Australian literature: print resources

Australian literature: selected websites

Book reviews and literary criticism: print resources

Pacific

Digitised Pacific resources: global collections

Pacific resources: selected websites

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Politics and government

Australian electoral rolls: print resources

Australian government: selected websites

Australian politics and government: print resources

British parliamentary publications and information

League of Nations: print resources

United Nations: print resources

United States congressional publications and information

Science and technology

Australian science and technology: selected websites

Statistics

Australian censuses and musters: print resources

Statistics: selected websites

Statistics: print resources

Theses

Theses: print resources

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