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History: Aboriginal Studies Research Project


Use the box below to search the catalogue to find books available in the Christopher Brennan Library. 


Google Scholar Search


ATSIDA - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Data Archive 

Wingara Mura  - Sydney University Library 

NINTI-ONE - Remote Australia Online

OPUS - Open Publication of UTS Scholars


Trove NLA - Click on the image above to access images, maps, diaries, letters etc from the National Library of Australia

NITV Topics

NITV - Click on image above to access up to date news stories on National Indigenous Television. 

Twitter feed - Learning Ground

Uni of Sydney Indigenous - Web Topics

Click on image above to access the Aboriginal Studies: Web Resources libguide at Sydney Uni. 

NSW State Library

Click on the image to access extensive NSW State Library Indigenous resources


Guidelines for Using Ethical Research


AIATSIS - Click on image at left to access guidelines for Ethical Research in Australian Indigenous Studies (2012)


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research Ethics: A Domestic and International Review  - Researching the Right Way. Whilst the focus is on health research the guidelines and framework are beneficial for all aspects of researching indigenous issues.

Indigenous Archives

The Indigenous Archives Collective. Click on image at left to access. 

Key Collections & Archives

Austlit BlackWords - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Writing and Storytelling. Access to a vast record of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and their publications. 

Useful Weblinks


National Museum of Australia - Click on the image at left to access a range of resources from the National Museum in Canberra. Interviews, photographs, videos on First Australians. 




National Archives of Australia - Research Guides has some excellent Research Guide titled 'Tracking Family'  

Useful Tips to Assist you in your Research

Notetaking Effectively

You will be accessing information from a range of sources in this project. It is really important you collate and maintain effective notes. Make sure you are keeping them in a safe place! 

Notetaking consists of three steps:

  1. Identification of keywords and related words in the researchable question;
  2. Skimming and scanning the info for these words;
  3. Extracting the relevant information. 

Remember don't copy and paste large chunks of text. Summarise and paraphrase instead!

Evaluating Websites

In the subject area of History there is a vast amount of information on the internet. Some of it is excellent and written by qualified authors however there are many, many sites that quote incorrect information and/or the information may be out of date. It is important that you have the skills to evaluate which websites are useful and worthy of being quoted from and which are not. Use these tips below to help you: 

  1. You should evaluate every web site you use for research or for personal information.
  2. Ask yourself the following questions about each site and try to use only those that have the best evidence of credibility, accuracy, reasonableness, and support.

Google Search Tips

In the Christopher Brennan Library we have more than enough information to help you with your assignment - books; databases; journals and videos. However, if you need to use Google to search for extra information read these tips below to guide you. You don't want to be wasting time searching all over the internet! 

Online Research Skills