Using digitised newspapers FAQ

Can I copy the images and use them in Wikipedia, and how should I cite/credit them?

For further information about copyright, view the Australian Copyright Council website.

This information applies to articles published prior to 1954 only. Use of articles published after 1954 may be subject to copyright restrictions.

It is OK to use images from Digitised newspapers and more… on Wikipedia, other websites and in publications. The National Library (NLA) does not own copyright on the images or the original newspapers, and has digitised newspapers prior to 1954 on the understanding that they are out of copyright.

Credit your source of the images as the National Library of Australia and use the stable article identifier (e.g. as your link. The article identifier is located by clicking on the ‘cite’ button at the top of the left hand column, under the heading ‘article identifier’. The URL should not be used as this is not stable.

Could you remove an article containing personal or family information please?

The NLA (National Library of Australia) does not review or censor articles that were originally published and made publically available in Australian newspapers. Trove merely provides a digital reproduction of what has already been published and is in the public domain in paper and microfilm formats. The NLA is not responsible for the content of the published material and, as with all material collected, takes a neutral position in respect to the content. The NLA is therefore unwilling to remove any content or individual articles from Trove. The exception to this would be if there was legal evidence or substantiation that the statements were false or defamatory in nature, for example in the instance of an individual having won a defamation case against the original newspaper publisher. We appreciate that some people are finding surprising information about themselves or their relatives which is sometimes good and sometimes bad, and that this may be of concern. However, the NLA’s role is to fully document the nation’s social history, of which newspapers are a part. Further information is contained within Trove’s privacy statement.

How can I get a copy of this newspaper?

If you wish to get copies of newspaper articles found in this project, you can request them through the Copies Direct service, accessible through the ‘buy’ button in the left hand column. Please ensure that your exact requirements, including a brief description, for the requested article are entered in the comments field to ensure that the correct article is received.

If you wish to get copies of more recent articles, these can also be ordered through the Copies Direct service –

How can I get high quality digital copies or high quality hard copies of newspaper and magazine issues and pages?

Please submit your exact requirements, including a brief description of your intended use, to us via our Copies Direct form, accessible through the ‘buy’ button or from, and follow the directions under the heading of Copies Direct – Copies.

How do I print or save an article?

To print an article, select the ‘Print’button at the top of the left-hand column, above the electronically translated text. This will print only the image from the original newspaper and not the electronically translated text.

Note: Trove is set up to assume printing in portrait orientation, changing this setting may result in data being lost.

To save an article, select ‘PDF’ at the article level. This will open the article as a PDF document, which you need Adobe Reader (available from to view. Once the article has opened, save it to your computer using the save function in Adobe Reader.

To save or print a full page, select ‘PDF’ at the page level. This will open the page as a PDF document optimised to print on A3 paper. This can then be printed or saved using the functions in Adobe Reader.

To save an entire issue, select ‘PDF Issue’ at the page level. This will give the option to download or open the PDF document.

How do I print or save a selection from an article?

To save or print a section of the article (such as a single classified advertisement), save the article as a PDF first, then:

  • Open the document in Adobe Reader
  • Go to Tools -> Select and Zoom -> Snapshot Tool
  • Select the area that you require from the article.

This selection can then be printed, or pasted into a separate document.

I receive an error when trying to save an article PDF, what do I do?

If you receive the error message “The file you are downloading cannot be opened by the default program. It is either corrupted or it has an incorrect file type”, try disabling opening of PDF documents in your web browser:

  1. Open Adobe Reader;
  2. Click on the Edit drop down menu;
  3. Select the Preferences option;
  4. Select the Internet option in the left pane;
  5. Uncheck the option Display PDF in Browser;
  6. Click the OK button to close the dialog box .

How do I change the size of the article in the ‘Print’, ‘PDF’ and ‘JPG’ views?

The size of the article in the ‘Print’ and ‘Save As’ views is determined by the current zoom level in the article view. To change the size of the article in this view, change the zoom level in the article view until the desired size is reached.

Why do the ‘Print’, ‘PDF’ and ‘JPG’ views break the article into several images?

The ‘Print’ and ‘Save As’ views break the article down into several images so that it can be printed on A4 pages. These views do not reflect the appearance of the article on the original newspaper page. If a column needs to be split so that it will fit on the page, the images will overlap to ensure that no information is lost.

How can I print an article without the orange highlighting box appearing?

The highlights appear because you have done a keyword search for the article. To remove the highlighting, click on the ‘cite’ button, then click on the ‘article identifier’, which will open the article without any highlights appearing.

If the layout of the article on the original page is not important, use the ‘print’ button on the top of the left-hand column to print the article onto A4 pages. For longer articles, use the JPG button to preview the article and the number of pages required to print it before printing.

How do I cite an article found on this website?

We recommend citing the article as an electronic document using the preferred citation style of your institution or the journal you are writing for. Use the article identifier, accessed through the ‘cite’ button, as the URL for the article.

Examples of citations for APA, MLA, Harvard/Australian and Wikipedia are also included under the ‘cite’ button. To use the Wikipedia citation, copy and paste the code directly into Wikipedia, as this will resolve to Wikipedias preferred citation style.

How can I find out what has been most recently added to the service? What are feeds?

Web feeds, sometimes also referred to as RSS feeds, are a way to find out about new content. A simple video guide to feeds is available here.
To take advantage of feeds, you need to use a reader such as
Google Reader. First, use your reader to subscribe to as many different feeds as you like.
Then, check your reader regularly to see if anything new has arrived. (Please note that other feed readers besides those listed also exist. The NLA does not endorse any particular product or service.)

The following feeds are available to alert you when new content becomes available:

In addition to these feeds, you can ask to be alerted via email when articles that are “coming soon” become available. Enter your email address on the search results page.

I have found an article that states “Not available online. This article has been withdrawn”. What does this message mean?

Through the process of digitisation the National Library is providing free online access to as many of its collections as possible. Some of this content may have restrictions that prevent us being able to make it available online. The article or image you have found falls in this category.

This content may be available directly from your local library, or via Inter Library Loan, a service libraries offer in order to borrow (or provide copies of) items for their patrons.

In order to access this content, we recommend that you search Trove to see which libraries hold the item, and if the item may be available for loan.