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Australian Studies

Primary Sources

  Trove, from the National Library of Australia is a great resource for finding books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives  and more.
  The Australian War Memorial combines a shrine, a world-class museum, and an extensive archive.
  National Archives of Australia preserves Australia’s most valuable government records, encourages their use by the public and promotes good records management by Australian Government agencies.
  State Library of Victoria is Victoria's largest public reference library.
  Documenting Democracy The Museum of Australian Democracy and the National Archives of Australia present 110 key documents that are the foundation of our nation.
  Public Record Office Victoria holds the archives of the State Government of Victoria.

Databases with Primary Source Material


Database Licensing

Licensing information: Please read what you can and can't do with each resource in the A-Z Databases under 'License Information'. Queries can be sent to the Publisher Licensing Consultant.

What are Primary Sources?

Primary sources are records that provide firsthand accounts or evidence of historical events or experiences. You might also find primary source material reproduced within a secondary source, such as a published biography or documentary history book.

Types of primary sources can include:

  • Books
  • Photographs and images
  • Magazine and Newspaper Articles
  • Cartoons and Advertisements
  • Diaries and Journals
  • Movies, videos, DVDs
  • Memoirs and Autobiographies
  • Audio recordings
  • Interviews
  • Public Opinion Polls
  • Letters
  • Speeches
  • Research Data
  • Statistical documents produced by organizations and agencies.