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Informit Selected Full Text
The Informit databases cover a range of topics, including architecture, education, engineering and technology, environment, history, hospitality and tourism, Indigenous peoples, law and crime, social sciences and sports. Many are in full-text.
Choose to search several Australian databases together. The major ones include APA-FT (Australian Public Affairs Full-Text), AGIS Plus Text (Attorney General's Information Service), Humanities & Social Sciences Collection, AIATSIS Indigenous Studies Bibliography and Indigenous Australia. For educational issues include A+ Education and for social issues include Family & Society Plus. There are also a number of Indigenous subsets listed in the Useful Databases.
AIATSIS: Indigenous Studies Bibliography
The AIATSIS database indexes published and unpublished material on Australian Indigenous studies.
This database covers the stolen generation, removal of children, arts, copyright issues, racism, discrimination and other issues related to indigenous Australians.
Humanities and Social Sciences Collection Full Text
The Humanities and Social Sciences Collection provides access to journals, monographs and books, conference proceedings, research papers and reference materials on a range of topics.
Australian television news, current affairs and selected documentaries from the free-to-air networks. Macintosh users will need to download the free Windows Windows Media Components for QuickTime software to view these programs.
View or save stories from ABC's Message Stick and SBS' Living Black television programmes from September 2007.
Worth a look
The Australian Education Index: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Subset is a bibliographic index of Australian literature in education and training relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The Australian Historical Bibliography: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Subset indexes published and unpublished materials on Australia's natural and cultural environment which relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
The ATSIS subset of the APAIS database indexes articles and other sources relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Bibliography indexes material relating to health status of indigenous Australians.
AustLit Selected Full Text
AustLit indexes materials on Australian literature.
CINCH-ATSIS covers all aspects of crime and criminal justice relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
DELTAA abstracts research in Australia and New Zealand into teaching English to Adults.
FAMILY-ATSISUB abstracts research on Australian families relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
FNQ indexes materials on the geographical region of Far North Queensland.
LLBA Selected Full Text
Language and Linguistic Behavior Abstracts covers all aspects of language and applied linguistics, including language teaching and learning.
MAIS abstracts published and unpublished material on immigration and multiculturalism in Australia.
Web of Science
The Web of Science abstracts the scholarly literature in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities.
Encyclopedias and dictionaries
SAGE Knowledge is a set of multidisciplinary encyclopedias.
Useful titles here include Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice and Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Society.
Web sites and Internet resources
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Social Justice on the HREOC (Human Rights & Equal Opportunity Commission) website.
Aboriginal Languages of Australia edited by David Nathan
AIATSIS (Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies)
ATSIC (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission) archive of the website before ATSIC was decommissioned.
AusAnthrop Australian Aboriginal tribal and language database
Australian Aborigines from the Internet Sacred Text Archive. Please note, these books were written by white Australians during the early 20th century.
Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
Australian Indigenous Index to the Koori Mail, Dawn, New Dawn, Our Aim and Identity. This tool developed by the State Library of New South Wales includes biographical and historical information from NSW newspapers.
Australian Indigenous Law Library organised by AustLII (Australasian Legal Information Institute).
Center for World Indigenous Studies
Council for Aboriginal Reconciliation archive
Deaths in Custody Australia maintained by the Australian Institute of Criminology
ENIAR (European Network for Indigenous Australian Rights) is a non-profit group that provides information about Europe and international organisations.
Indigenous Australia uses storytelling to talk about culture and history, including Stories of the Dreaming.
Indigenous Australians showcases the State Library of New South Wales' historical collection of manuscripts, photographs, artworks and books.
Indigenous Land Corporation is a statutory authority of the Australian Government designed to help Indigenous Australians purchase land and manage their land acquisitions.
Indigenous Statistics and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples from ABS (Australian Bureau of Statistics)
National Indigenous Times
National Native Title Tribunal
New Zealand Electronic Text Centre has free online New Zealand and Pacific Island historical books, journals and manuscripts
Aboriginal Affairs (NSW Government)
Torres Strait Regional Authority
WWW Virtual Library: Aboriginal Studies developed by Dr TM Ciolek