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A platform for delivering digital content from the NLA and partners – access to full text, images, and more
A collection of collections aggregating records from around the country for easy discovery and use – access to metadata only (but you can often click through to the original record)
Remember that some items can appear in multiple zones – an illustrated book might be in the 'Book' and 'Picture' zones
Newspapers (and Government Gazettes) – millions of articles, thousands of titles, all OCRd, all searchable.
You can even help correct the OCRd text!
Digitised newspapers are making new types of research possible, both in the humanities and the sciences.
But it's not just the big metropolitan papers, but many small local papers, community, political, and religious papers as well.
In books and journals you're actually searching the OCRd text not just the catalogue data – try searching for “Dificit unaccounted” and follow the links to see how your query is passed on to the ‘inside’ of the work.
Or you can just...
Your own articles? Trove harvests research outputs from all Australian university repositories, including the UC Institutional Repository
The Online filter focuses on material that is available online. There’s often a bit of uncertainty about this because the metadata Trove receives is not always accurate.
You can add further limits on online status using the facets.
Facets filter on characteristics of the metadata, so different zones will have different facets.
|white OR australia||40,855,944|
|white australia||4,971,530||Same as white AND australia|
|"white australia"||136,327||Search for phrase (with stemming)|
|text:"white australia"||132,470||Search for phrase (no stemming)|
|"white australia"~0||130,164||Search for phrase (no extra words)|
|text:"white australia"~0||126,982||Search for phrase (no extra words and no stemming)|
Boolean searches – use AND, OR, and NOT, to specify how your keywords or phrases should be combined. For example, compare:
Proximity searches specify the maximum number of words you want to appear between your keywords. For example (cat dog)~5 will find articles where the words ‘cat’ and ‘dog’ are a maximum of 5 words apart.
By Tim Sherratt