How to use Trove: an overview


Hello, I’m from the Trove Support Team and I’m going to introduce you to ‘Trove’, the National Library of Australia’s discovery experience focused on Australia and Australians. Trove is a powerful search engine and over the next couple of minutes I’m going to give you a quick overview to get you started. We’ll start from the Trove homepage we just need to type trove.nla.gov.au into the browser. Trove brings together the content from a wide range of sources and displays them in separate zones, including: digitised copies of historic Australian newspapers and the Australian Women’s Weekly to 1982. A zone for all kinds of printed material such as journal articles, reports, book chapters, reviews, working papers and conference items. A zone for books, audio books, theses and pamphlets. One for photographs, negatives, artworks, drawings and other pictures. Sheet music, musical sound recordings, interviews, movies and other videos. All kinds of maps, atlases, globes and charts from around world. Personal and organisational archives, including diaries, letters, business records, and ephemera. Preserved Australian websites dating back to 1996. Information about people and organisations. And a zone where you can search for Lists created by yourself or other Trove users. For more information about how you can use Lists, have a look at our screencast “Creating and using Trove Lists”. You can browse in each these zones one at a time if you only want to get one type of information, or with one click you can simultaneously search across several zones of information using the single search box. When you are searching you have a number of options to limit your results. You can search just for items that are available online to find and get things straight away. You can search just for Australian content. And, if you are registered, you can search for items that are available in libraries you’ve selected. Becoming a registered member of Trove is free and it allows you to access a range of bonus features; such as adding private notes and tags and creating lists of items you’ve found. You can also visit the forum, where users can get together to talk about anything to do with Trove. Everyone can view the forum, but you have to be registered to take part. You can learn more about the Forum in our “Introduction to the Trove Forum” screencast. and if you get stuck, you can always find information in Help. This is where we keep heaps of general information as well as tips and tricks on finding things, getting things and participating in Trove. And you’re always welcome to contact us directly. This was just a quick overview of some of the basic features of Trove. We also have a growing collection of how-to videos to help you explore. Why not check them out? Trove is available online now and we hope you like it!

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