Trove: a revolutionary new free search engine
27 April 2010
Finding information just got easier – thanks to Trove, a revolutionary new free search engine created by the National Library of Australia.
With just one click at trove.nla.gov.au users, like never before, can access a wealth of resources - across more than 90 million items in one go - about Australia and Australians.
Trove’s content, much of which is digital, comes from more than 1000 libraries around Australia as well as other cultural and educational institutions and international collections with relevance to Australia.
Trove takes users straight to the source – not just to a list of websites – and allows them to search across pictures, unpublished manuscripts, books, oral histories, music, videos, research papers, diaries, letters, maps, archived websites and Australian newspapers from 1803 to 1954.
The Director-General of the National Library of Australia, Jan Fullerton, said she was proud to announce the launch of Trove, the culmination of more than three years of work by dedicated National Library staff. “Trove has been designed for all Australians. It’s the perfect option for researchers, writers, family historians, academics, students, and more – in fact for anyone with a question about Australia and Australians,” Ms Fullerton said.
“Now, with the ease of one search via Trove, you can have access to the greatest Australian collections in the world.”
Ms Fullerton said the National Library recognised that today’s users wanted more than just a passive information service - they wanted to be part of a growing online community that can contribute and participate. “Trove gives them that opportunity through tagging, commenting, organising and improving data as well as sharing information and ideas,” she said.