This page provides tips for finding resources on Indigenous Knowledges including resources by Australian First Nations authors.
To start with, if you have a particular publication by an Indigenous author e.g. Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe, look for similar material by that author.
If there is a reference list at the end of the work, see if there are any sources by Indigenous authors, follow up their works and try and locate other sources by those writers.
Seek out any reviews of recent publications by Indigenous authors.
To search for a particular Indigenous author, select the field Author and key in the name [last name first] e.g. Pascoe, Bruce
Deakin Library uses the Dewey Decimal system to classify its book and eBook collections. Books about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their culture, laws etc. are currently classified under “Aboriginal Australians” followed by a sub-heading or narrower terms e.g. Aboriginal Australians--Bandjalang (Australian People) or Aboriginal Australians -- Land Tenure.
A Subject field search for “Aboriginal Australians” (include the double quote marks) plus additional keywords related to your topic will retrieve items in that area in the context of Australia’s First Nations peoples.
You can limit to Source type (e.g. books, ebooks, academic journals) from the list of options on the left hand side of the results screen.
A feature of AustLit, is BlackWords, which provides access to a vast record of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and their publications. The database is searchable, and provides essays and publications on authors as well as themed ‘trails’ guiding educators around different cultural and historical topics.
Streaming video resources can be accessed via A-Z Databases by title or filter Streaming video
Informit EduTV is a searchable database that contains educational content from Australian free-to-air channels covering TV series, films and documentaries. Titles include: episodes from Living Black, First Australians, Lake of Scars, The Australian Wars, Incarceration Nation and more.
To search for First Nations content:
1. Go to the library homepage>A-Z Databases
2. Key in EduTV in the search box
3. At the top of the search screen select Advanced Search
4. Key in the term First Nations or Aboriginal Australians and select the field Subject
5. Select filters for Resource type, Genre etc. as relevant.
Kanopy offers a wide range of quality films and documentaries.
Search by title or creator or browse collections. Films and documentaries with First Nations content can be found under:
Ethnographic video online: Indigenous Voices A platform dedicated to First Nations filmmakers, enabling Indigenous voices to address issues from Indigenous perspectives. Select the filter icon to find relevant First Nations content for your context.
There are a number of First Nations publishing houses which publish Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander stories and voices. Here is a selection: