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Trove is a search engine from the National Library of Australia.
Trove provides access to a significant range of resources. It complements the Library catalogue and may give you a greater range of historical resources.
This tutorial will show you how to search Trove to find background information from the Books & Libraries and the People & Organisation categories
Why is finding background information useful?
How to use this tutorial
Let's get started!
We are starting at the A-Z Database list.
• Click T
• Click Trove
• Enter your username and password
• You are now at the Basic Search screen in Trove
*Note: The A-Z Database list is found on the UOW Library homepage.
Click Advanced Search and select Books & Libraries from the drop down menu. Why?
Here is an example topic:
"Nurses who served in the First World War"
We want nurses and "first world war" to be the main subject of the items we find.
Lets replicate the search in the image below:
1. Click on the image to enlarge it
2. Enter the search as shown
3. Click Search icon
Search Tips Explained
Trove searches for a range of resources sorted into Categories
Books are a great resource for background information.
Look at your search results.
How many books did your search find?
Let's see if we can change our search to find a more relevant range of books for our example topic on nurses in the first world war.
Book records provide a description of the item.
Click on the image below and look for:
What phrase(s) from Tags (More about this subject) could be used to find books about nursing care during war?
Let's change our original search by incorporating a Tag (Subject description). This will help to focus our search.
1. Click Show Advanced Search
2. Open the image below and replicate our new search.
3. Click Search
Tips: Tags are Subjects. Enter the phrase exactly as shown into Subject box (include punctuation).
Many of the books we find in Trove will be held in libraries across Australia.
However, some may be available to read online.
1. Look at options available under Refine your Results.
2. Click Free access
3. Follow the link provided to read the book online.
You may be able to read the whole book online; in some cases only a section will be provided.
Additional tips for finding books:
1. check UOW Library Catalogue
2. review options under Borrowing from other Libraries
Note: these links will open in a new window.
The People and Organisations category includes information from a variety of sources including Australian Dictionary of Biography Online, Encyclopedia of Australian Science, Australian Women's Register.
This is an example of an entry for a person found in this category.
Click on this link to see the full record in Trove for Emma McCarthy.
What information is provided?
How can this information help you to know more about a person or topic?
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Need more help with historical research?
Finding Historical Information Guide
Trove Search Help
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