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Indigenous Information Sources: General web resources

This guide will help you to locate and search effectively for Australian Indigenous Information Sources.

General web resources for Indigenous grey literature and primary resources

In addition to the scholarly resources that the library provides through its collections and online databases, you will also need to source resources from websites, such as policy documents and reports (often called 'grey literature'), statistics, and primary source materials.

Below are links to key peak Indigenous organisations, government sites and archival collections - all play a role in collating a wide range of information about Indigenous peoples and issues.

Please note that some of these sites may contain names and/or images of deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Of course, this is just the beginning and a well constructed search in Google will identify many more potential sources.  Also look at our Advanced Google search tab for tips to target your search for quality reports and policy documents on the web.

Note:  See our Health resources tab in this guide for specific tips on locating information on Indigenous health issues. 

An important place to begin your exploration of Indigenous information sources is through the perspective of Indigenous Australians from within organisations and public websites they play a central key role in developing.   

Here are some of the core  Indigenous sites to get you going: 

These resources developed by Australian Indigenous people and/or through consultation with them help build an understanding about the richness of Indigenous cultural beliefs, their connection to land and community and ongoing efforts for recognition as the First Australians.   

  • Reconciliation Australia - Share our Pride: This site provides a range of ways you can learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and history and includes a bibliography of recommended resources for further exploration.  The Reconciliation Australia site itself supports the development of Action Plans and events that support Reconciliation. 

 

 

West Australian Government Sites
Australian Government Sites
Libraries, Museums and Archives

Our National and State Libraries, Museums and Government archives represent rich and important primary sources as well as curated collections and exhibitions about Australia's Indigenous people and our shared history.  Here are some of our peak National bodies but do also look at the State based counterparts such as the State Library of WA, The State Records Office of WA and UWA's Berndt Museum

  
Media organisations and programs
These represent another important source of primary source multi-media information. 
In addition to these openly accessible resources do consider the specialist media databases we provide as outlined in Databases: Primary Sources
Also see our Newspaper and News Sources library survival guide.

As part of your research, you will likely need to find grey literature, such as government reports, policy documents and fact sheets. Often these will be made available on the web as PDF documents.

For example, you can set Google to only search Australian government sites (.gov.au), and PDF file types.

Add to your regular search terms in the Google Search box:

site:.gov.au filetype:pdf

For example:

"indigenous communities" "mental health" site:.gov.au filetype:pdf

Google has an Advanced search box to make it easier to tailor your search.

Google Advanced Search for Government PDFs

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