VCE Australian history

Guide for VCE Australian history students


This guide will assist you to locate relevant resources for your VCE Australian history studies

Many of the items listed in this guide are available online.

To access much of the online information you will need a State Library Victoria membership barcode. This is free and you can join online. You can also join in person if you are in the Library (and have some ID showing a current Victorian address).

If you join online an activation code will be posted to your Victorian residential address. 

Accessing full-text from links on this guide

Many links on this guide are to the online resources our Library subscribes to. When you click on such links you will be asked to enter your membership barcode, and your family name.

Library log in page

See the box below for more information on locating books listed in the VCE Australian History reading list

Reading list

The Victorian Curriculum & Assessment Authority have published a list of suggested resources for the Australian history VCE units.

Almost all these items are held at our Library and many will be held at public libraries. Because they are on a reading list they will be highly sought after and so won't always be available from a Library.

On our Library catalogue (or any other library) search by title or a combination of title and author keywords. See the tabs above for more information on searching at the State Library or public libraries.

Our Library is a research library and our material is available to be viewed by anyone but we are not a lending library. Register with the Library so you can access our journal and newspaper databases and ebooks,  and to order printed items from our storage areas. 

When you search the catalogue, the record of an item will tell you where it is located and how you can access it. It will either be available online; on the open shelves in one of our reading rooms; in onsite storage (request using your Library barcode number); held offsite (contact us and we will order it for you).

Example of an item available as an ebook and also in print

Item available as ebook and in print



For more on searching see our help videos:


Look up you local library with a simple internet search or select your regional library service

From Library Link Victoria you can search across a selection of Victorian library services  including public libraries, all state libraries and Victorian University libraries.

Choose library or libraries



Try an Advanced Search. You can further narrow the number of libraries searched if you wish. 

VicLink search results

From your results screen: you can save the record; check the full details that will list location and availability; if you belong to that Library service you may be able to put reserve the book if it is on loan. See the options at far right of the results

Details Get ItItem location

Trove is a database that brings together holdings of libraries across Australia. Libraries choose to upload items to Trove, so it contains most but not all library catalogue records. Libraries may not always remove records of books that they no longer hold. Always click on the library to make sure a book is still available at that library.  

Simple keyword search for book


Choose Borrow option for locations. Note not all holdings will be available for loan


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Australian history guides

VCE guides