Introduction to the library

Research Guides

Research guides help with our most common or complex questions. They guide you through the research process and provide access to resources in our collections and beyond.

We have 70+ guides covering 32 subjects: family history, Australian history, art and architecture, law, maps, manuscript collections, and more. Find them under Search & Discover and from the menu bar within the catalogue.

You may also see recommended Research Guides above the results of some of your searches.


Guide to Research Guides

Each Research Guide follows the same layout.

The first page - Get Started - introduces what's in the guide. Look below the guide title to explore other pages in the guide. For example, our Patent guide has the following pages: Get startedHistoryFinding patentsVictoriaOther statesAustralia 1904 +BritainUSAOther countries.

Each page may have multiple boxes with different types of content: images from our collection, links to online sites, timelines and more.

Fashion research guide