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History of Australian Education, Health & Welfare: Overviews & Facts

What's on this page?

Finding historical overviews, definitions & facts using:

1. Authoritative web sites

2. Dictionaries & encyclopedias

1. Authoritative Web Sites

Need background information on particular events, issues, people or eras?

Try browsing authoritative web sites:

Check the web sites of government departments and education, health and welfare organisations for authoritative background information and historical overviews. Examples of useful sites include:

Finding other web sites:

Limit your search to specific types of web sites such as Australian government organisations (, educational institutions ( and non-profit or research based organisations ( eg.

  1. Go to Google Advanced search
  2. Type in your keywords or phrases in the relevant Search boxes eg. "School of the Air"
  3. Type in the Search within Site/Domain box the url for Australian government sites or for Australian educational sites
  4. Click on the Advanced Search button.

Remember! It's important to critically evaluate all information/sites you find on the Web.

2. Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

On the web:

Many encyclopedias, subject dictionaries and handbooks are available as ebooks (fulltext) via UOW Library's SEARCH or the Classic Catalogue. Useful titles include:

In the Library:

Print dictionaries, encyclopedias and other reference handbooks are interfiled with books for loan on Level 1 and are identified by a 'Not for Loan' sticker on the spine. Examples include:

  • The Australian Encyclopaedia (8 volumes) at 919.4/51
  • Australians: An Historical Library (12 volumes covering different aspects of Australian history) 994/150
  • Encyclopedia of Children and Childhood in History and Society (3 volumes) 305.2303/1

Finding other encyclopedias:

Using SEARCH or the Classic Catalogue type in for example: educat* AND (encyclopedia* OR dictionar*)

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