Australiana Index

Searching the index

The Australiana Index can be accessed by selecting 'Australiana Index' from the dropdown menu in a catalogue search. To search the index:

  • Enter the words you want to search for in the Search box
  • Select 'Australiana Index' from the dropdown menu
  • Click the search button (magnifying glass)

Click on any title from the search results to view the full index record.

Reading the index records

Each record in the Australiana Index is a reference to published or unpublished material. The record will provide you with the information required to find that material. 

Useful fields include:

  • Source: The published or unpublished material where you will find the reference.
  • Description: Further information about the physical appearance of the material referenced. Not all records will include a description field.
  • Subjects: A link to other index entries about the same subject.
  • Summary: A brief description of the material that is referenced.
  • Is part of: A link to other index entries from the same source.

For assistance in accessing any of the items referred to in the index, contact our Ask a librarian service. 

Search tips

Searching a specific index

To search one of the smaller individual indexes that make up the Australiana Index, try adding the name of the smaller index to your search. 

For example, a search for beechworth local history will return results from the Local History Index.

Similarly, a search for Ned Kelly biography will return results from the Biography Index.

For more information on the individual indexes, see Scope of the index.

Advanced search

While an advanced search will work for searching the Australiana Index, many of the advanced search options do not apply to index entries and may cause confusion. We recommend using the basic search when searching the index.