Australian research in Trove FAQ


How can I find Australian research in Trove

Searching Trove can be as simple as entering your search terms in the search box and clicking on Search. You can limit it to just Australian material by ticking the Australian content option. Trove brings together content held in institutional repositories as well as books, journal articles, maps, diaries, papers, newspaper articles , video and sound material, archived websites, pictures and information about people and organisations, all related to the search entered.

You can also do an advanced search which allows you to specify exact details such as title, creator, subject, format and even which library or institution has the item.


How can I find just Australian theses in Trove

Finding Australian theses in Trove is very easy. Simply enter your search term, tick the ‘Australian content’ option and click on Search. You can then limit the search to theses only by clicking on the thesis facet on the left hand side of the screen under Refine your results.

If you want only online theses, tick the ‘Available online’ option under the search box.


What do I do if my research is wrongly attributed in Trove?

Trove is an aggregated search service. As such it groups together versions of the same work. It is possible that works have been incorrectly grouped together. If this has happened you are able to separate the work out by expanding the version and scrolling down to the ‘Separate this version?’ option.


How can we maximise our record display in Trove?

The better data you provide the better your record will display in Trove. Detail and richness of data will allow Trove to index your records more thoroughly which will ensure your records appear in more search results.

Please contact us if you would like advice about improving your metadata.


Is there a Trove search box to replace the ARO search box on my website?

Absolutely. Directions on how to put a Trove search box on your website are here.

How do I get Alerts in Trove?

Alerts are now replaced by RSS feeds. Simply perform your search in Trove, scroll down to the bottom and click on ‘Subscribe to this web feed’ to be alerted about new results for the search. Results will be limited to 20 items maximum and to items added in the last week.

If you’re not familiar with RSS feeds we have more information available on our General FAQ page.


How do I contribute to Trove?

Trove has more options for how to contribute than ARO did. Trove supports OAI-PMH repository harvesting, harvest control lists, Google site maps, RSS feeds and Z39.50. If you’ve been contributing to ARO we already have you in Trove. If you would like to contribute to Trove please contact us and we will discuss options.


What can I do in Trove that I couldn’t in ARO?

Trove is extremely interactive. You can make lists, either public or private. You can tag items which are then searchable via the tag term. You can comment on items. We have a forum where you can interact with other Trove users. You can add your own images via Flickr. You can merge and split works.


How can I find just my institution’s records?

You can limit searches to particular institutions via the advanced search screen. Simply type the name of your institution into the Library box and then tick the appropriate location or library. Please be aware that unless you nominated for your institution repository to have a separate NUC then this will return all items submitted to Trove from that institution, not just repository records. If you wish to have a separate NUC for your repository please contact us.


How can I see how many records my institution has contributed?

Trove has a list of current work counts by contributor. Again, please be aware that unless you have a separate NUC for your institution repository the number of works will include items contributed via other services such as Libraries Australia.