Trove: Discover Genealogy Treasure in the National Library of Australia

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 44 pages
Author: S. Hicks
Year: 2016
ISBN: 9781925323498
Other: 2nd ed., b&w & colour photos, index
Publisher: Unlock the Past

As a regular presenter at genealogy expos and seminars I am constantly surprised by the number of people who don't know or are not aware of, all the genealogy resources available on the National Library of Australia website. Trove is the catchy name of the Library's discovery service into its many collections, but it is only one of a number of resources available for research.

While people may be aware of Trove, they are not aware of how to effectively use the various filters to narrow down their searches to maximum advantage. Features such as comments, lists, tagging or correcting text are other areas that many have not yet explored and there are always a few who put up their hand to say they haven't got an eResources card.

There are other features such as Ask a Librarian and Cite This that I am fond of, but many in the audience haven't discovered them yet, or realised how these features can assist their research.

This guide outlines why I'm a huge Trove fan. It lists and explains the various features so that other family historians and genealogists can make maximum use of this fantastic free resource. Follow the tips and you will soon become another Trove fan.

Introduction to the second edition
What is Trove?
- Membership of Trove
- Why log in?
NLA - more than just Trove?
- The NLA Library Catalogue
- How to videos
- Ask a librarian
- Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
- Research guides
- Ordering copies and interlibrary loans
- eResources
Trove and its various zones
- Searching tips
- Digitised newspapers and more
- Government Gazettes
- Books
- Pictures, photos, objects
- Journals, articles and data sets
- Music, sound and video
- Maps
- Diaries, letters, archives
- Archived websites (1996-now)
- People and organisations
- Lists
- Personal examples
Social media
- Twitter
- Facebook
- Instagram
- Flickr
- YouTube
- SoundCloud
- NLA blogs
- Trove forum




4 Reviews
  • Handy explanation guide

    Posted by michelle borserio on 23rd May 2020

    Most of us have heard of Trove & we know it is great for newspapers but this guide explains the ins and outs of Trove.
    It shows you how to use Trove and to understand it better & what you can actually get out of using Trove .

    It is an easy to understand guide that is written in easy to understand language.
    I highly recommend having it on hand as it gets you to get the most you can out of using Trove.

  • Fantastic

    Posted by Susie on 18th May 2020

    What a great little book. Easy to read and packed with information. I've been using Trove for sometime (just the digitised newspapers) but this book has encouraged me to use other resources that are available on this site and it's explained clearly how to get the most from my searches. It has made me aware of sources on this site that I did not know existed. This has added to my success in finding information about my ancestors.

  • Easy to Understand

    Posted by Evelyn Mitchell on 11th May 2020

    I find the books in the Unlock the Past guides are an asset to have on hand. They are easy to understand and quite self explanatory. The lay out is clear and covers all aspects of the site. I have used Trove mainly for newspapers but there is much more and these are also explained.

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