Workshop - Australian School Library Association

Discovering Australia through Trove

Activity one - Search

Learning simple search

Optional: Watch the video

  1. Take the search terms below one at a time and copy them into Trove's search box.
  2. Select the green search button. You will see results grouped by category. Scroll down the page to see all the options available.
  3. Select the See all...results button to view all results in a category that interests you.
  4. Use filters in the Refine Your Results menu on the right-hand side to narrow your search eg. in the Books & Libraries category, in the Format filter, select Article.

Tips to make your search more specific:

  • Add "" around your phrases. eg. "cathy freeman"
  • Add OR between keywords, eg. "great war" OR "World war one"
  • Add * at the end of a word, eg. "sport* club" for sports clubs, sporting clubs

Learning advanced search

Optional: Watch the video

  1. Enter a keyword in the search box.
  2. Select the Advanced Search link underneath the search box.
  3. Select a category from the drop-down menu (eg Books & Libraries).
  4. Enter additional search keywords in the applicable boxes.
  5. Scroll down to the Collections box and select the drop-down menu.
  6. Type or scroll down to and select: Trove Digital Library.
  7. Select the green search button.

Search suggestions

Year 7 - Sport and Australian Culture
Keywords and phrases to try: cathy freeman, international olympic committee, drugs in sport, sports clubs

Year 8 - Civics and Citizenship
Keywords and phrases to try: Demonstrations, participation, representatives, protest vote, referendum

Year 9 & 10 - The making of the modern world
Keywords and phrases to try: Australia for the white man, women's suffrage, great war, world war one

Year 9 - Science
Keywords and phrases to try: spina bifida, fiona stanley, myxamatosis, smallpox, Australian invention

Power searching tips 

Activity two - make a List

  1. Sign up for a Trove account (If you do not have access to your email, please use the workshop sign in below). 
  2. Search for topics that interest you.
  3. Create a Trove list.
  4. Search for more items.
  5. Add them to your existing list or create a new list.

Optional: Watch the video


  • Create a list of World War 1 resources
  • Create a list of articles about 1967 referendum
  • Create a list of pictures of women's suffrage

Workshop profile

  • Username: ASLAtestprofile
  • Password: Canberra2019

Activity three - Explore

Pick a link that interests you and dive in.

Trove lists:

Trove searches:

Related Digital Classrooms

Presentation references




General searching hints and tips

Further reading and viewing