How do I acknowledge the Library in my publication?

Acknowledging the National Library of Australia as the source and citing rare and unique material accurately:

  • ensures that the moral rights of the creator are acknowledged
  • allows others to follow your research path
  • saves time for anybody looking for the same item in future.

Minimum requirements

In general, the rule is to provide sufficient information to identify the item uniquely.

The minimum details include at least:

  • Creator/s name
  • The words, 'National Library of Australia'
  • Collection or item identifying number

For example:

  • John William Lewin, National Library of Australia, an2970638
    (for a digitised artwork or photograph)

Complete citation

Where space allows, a more complete citation is preferred.  This is because, particularly for archival material, collections may contain hundreds of items that are not uniquely identified or numbered so more information is required to locate them.

Manuscripts

Items from this collection generally have a call number starting with 'MS'.

A correct citation of manuscript material should contain:

  • Description of the item
  • Name of the individual collection
  • The words, 'National Library of Australia'
  • Collection number, series number and folder number

For example:

  • John Gavan Duffy to Deakin, 24 September 1903, Deakin Papers, National Library of Australia, MS 1540/15/7
    A second reference to the same item, suitably abbreviated, could read: NLA MS 1540/15/7
  • Minute Books, Records of the Australian National Research Council, National Library of Australia,MS 482A/1/4-5
    An abbreviated reference to the same item: NLA MS 482A/1/ 4-5

Maps

Items from this collection generally have a call number starting with 'MAP'.

A correct citation of map material should contain:

  • The creator
  • Title
  • The words, 'National Library of Australia'
  • Collection number

For example:

  • Abraham Ortelius, Typus Orbis Terrarum, National Library of Australia, MAP NK 10001

Music

Items from this collection generally have a call number starting with 'MUS'.

A correct citation of music material should contain:

  • The composer (lyricist/arranger)
  • Title
  • Date of publication
  • Publisher
  • The words, 'National Library of Australia'
  • Collection number

For example:

  • Peter Sculthorpe, Small Town: for Chamber Orchestra, London: Faber Music, 1981, National Library of Australia, MUS Nm 785.3054 S437

Oral History

Items from this collection generally have a call number starting with 'ORAL TRC'.

A correct citation of music material should contain:

  • Name of the interviewee
  • Name of the interviewer
  • Date
  • The words, 'National Library of Australia'
  • Collection number

For example:

  • Peter Cundall interviewed by Rob Linn, 1-2 November 2010, National Library of Australia, ORAL TRC 6237

Pictures

Items from this collection generally have a call number starting with 'PIC'.

A correct citation should contain:

  • The creator of the work, e.g. artist, photographer
  • Title of the work
  • Year of creation
  • The words, 'National Library of Australia'
  • Reference number, e.g. vn24986517 (unique identifier) or PIC/8505/86 LOC Drawer PIC/855 (call number)

For example:

  • Jeff Carter, 1955 or 1956 Tobacco Road, National Library of Australia, an24537312