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History of Australian Education, Health & Welfare: Getting Started

Use a Discovery Search Engine

Try Trove a simple google-like search engine for finding books, articles and images from many libraries and other institutions across Australia. Some items are freely available online.

Search results will often include both current and historical material and a range of both secondary and primary sources.

Search Tip

Use Trove Advanced Search to combine more than one keyword or phrase or limit to specific year range. When viewing results use the Decade facet to further narrow by publication date/year (eg. 1950-1959)

First ask yourself ...

What do you know about your chosen organisation/service, person, theme/movement or event?

Start your research by using SECONDARY SOURCES

To find ... Use ...

Background information, key dates, professions, locations, names of signficant people, institutions

Dictionaries and/or Encyclopedias 

In depth information, further references & clues to other information

Books

Discussion of the significance of a person, organisation/institution, theme/movement or event 

Journal articles

Access to online information and further references

Authoritative websites

Additional Advice for Eyfe302 Students

Use your Eyfe302 Library Research Worksheet and Search Tips handout to help record what you find.

Important Search Tips for Trove

Use Trove Advanced Search to combine more than one keyword or phrase or limit to specific year range. When viewing results use the Decade facet to further narrow by publication date/year (eg. 1950-1959)

Then ask yourself ...

What do you know about the types of records being written or produced about events and issues relating to your topic at the time?

Look for PRIMARY SOURCES

To find out ... Look for ...

What was life like? What else was happening within society around that time?

What were the beliefs or priorities of relevant individuals or groups?

What was the position and attitude of relevant government's attitude?

How many people/children were involved in or affected by issues/events? 

What were people being told?

What did the person/organisation/institution/movement look like?


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