External databases

In addition to the ANBD (Australian National Bibliographic Database), members of Libraries Australia can also search and import records from the following:

OCLC WorldCat – the world’s largest network of library content and services. WorldCat contains more than 1.4 billion items contributed by over 10,000 libraries worldwide, including material dating from 1000 A.D. It is updated on a daily basis. Through an agreement between the National Library of Australia and OCLC, access to WorldCat is available to all Australian libraries who subscribe to Libraries Australia. For further information see our OCLC Agreement page.

Note: On 1 October 2007, the Research Libraries Information Network (RLG) and SCIPIO Art and Rare Book Sales Catalogs merged with OCLC. RLG and SCIPIO records can be searched by selecting the OCLC WorldCat database. RLG name and subject authorities are searchable by selecting OCLC WorldCat Authorities.

British Library Catalogue – provides access to over 13 million items in the British Library’s collection including manuscripts, books, serials, newspapers, sound recordings, maps and printed music.

CISTI (Canada Institute for Scientific & Technical Information) – one of the world’s major sources for information in all areas of science, technology, engineering and medicine. It’s collection is one of the largest of its kind in North America with more than 50,000 serial titles and more than 800,000 books, proceedings and over 2 million technical reports and indexed journals. CISTI specialises in the collection of conference proceedings and makes a special effort to locate and purchase this material from around the world.

Chinese University of Hong Kong

Copac: the UK & Irish Academic & National Library Catalogue – provides free access to the merged online catalogues of major UK and Irish academic research libraries, plus the British Library, the National Library of Scotland, the National Library of Wales/Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru, and the National Art Library (V&A). It also includes details of special collections from a range of other libraries.

Informit Collections – provides access to full content from a range of journals, monographs and books, conference proceedings, research papers and reference materials and is produced by RMIT Publishing.  Records from Informit Collections provide a link to the full text which opens in a new window from within the record and is also available from the ‘Get this item’ button in Libraries Australia. There is no charge to search Informit Collections; however, access to the full text is on a pay-per-view basis.

Hong Kong University of Science & Technology

Library of Congress Catalogue – provides access to the Library of Congress’ collection in the United States of America, including books, serials, government publications, manuscripts, photographs, maps.

NFSA (National Film & Sound Archive) – home of Australian audiovisual history. The NFSA collection is a large and diverse holding of 1.3 million audiovisual works and information about the audio, film, television, new media artists and industries. In addition to discs, films, videos, audio tapes, phonograph cylinders and wire recordings, the Collection includes supporting documents and artefacts, such as photographic stills, transparencies, posters, lobby cards, publicity, scripts, costumes, props, memorabilia and sound, video and film equipment. The National Film and Sound Archive is an OpenSearch target and therefore only supports keyword searching (i.e Advanced and Command searches cannot be performed).

Powerhouse Museum – Australia’s largest and most popular museum has a unique and diverse collection of 385,000 objects which spans history, science, technology, design, industry, decorative arts, music, transport and space exploration. The Powerhouse Museum is an OpenSearch target and therefore only supports keyword searching (i.e Advanced and Command searches cannot be performed).

Te Puna: the New Zealand National Bibliographic Database – contains records of New Zealand publications and resources held in New Zealand libraries. The database contains over 10 million records. The National Library of Australia and National Library of New Zealand have reciprocal arrangements for access by Libraries Australia and Te Puna users to the Australian National Bibliographic Database and the Te Puna database.

University of Hong Kong

National Museum of Australia – is an OpenSearch target and therefore only supports keyword searching (i.e Advanced and Command searches cannot be performed).

Australian Journal Articles (Pay per search – except for small libraries*)

APAIS (Australian Public Affairs Information Service) – a subject index to scholarly articles in the social sciences and humanities published in Australia since 1978. Users can access selected journal and newspaper articles, conference papers and book chapters on Australian economic, social, political and cultural affairs. The APAIS title search through Libraries Australia searches on both article and journal titles. Libraries Australia will bill each library and track usage of APAIS with regular reports.

APAIS users can also download the full text of online articles on a pay-per-view basis. Clicking on the full text hyperlink or ‘Get this item’ button takes the user to an Informit payment page where they can enter their credit card details and purchase the article.

*Small libraries which are located in Australia and are members of Libraries Australia are eligible to search APAIS at no extra cost. A ‘small library’ excludes academic libraries, state libraries, the National Library, overseas agencies or any of the libraries who are part of NSW.net.

APAFT (Australian Public Affairs Full Text) – an enhanced version of APAIS, providing access to full-text articles from over 500 Australian journals and article references on Australian political, economic, legal, social and cultural affairs. If you do not see links to the full text of an article in the bibliographic citation, you can request a copy through Copies Direct via the ‘At Other Suppliers’ option.

In order to access APAFT through Libraries Australia, you must already have a direct subscription to APAFT through RMIT Publishing. Once you are subscribed to APAFT through RMIT Publishing, please contact the Help Desk with details of your subscription and we will link them to your Libraries Australia account so that you can start searching APAFT through Libraries Australia.

Please note that if your Libraries Australia account is enabled with APAFT, you will no longer be able to access APAIS (i.e. you cannot have simultaneous access to both databases).

Authorities Databases

These databases can only be searched one at a time. After searching an authority database in Libraries Australia, you can follow a link on the full view screen that searches the corresponding bibliographic database for that heading.

Libraries Australia Authorities – enables you to search on all authorised headings (names and subjects) added to the ANBD by the National Library and other contributing libraries around Australia. There are currently more than 1.7 million authority records available, searchable by name, subject, title and Amicus number.

OCLC WorldCat Authorities – RLG Name Authorities and RLG Subject Authorities have been merged into OCLC’s WorldCat Authorities as of 1 October 2007.