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Australian Indigenous Studies   Tags: aboriginal, australian, indigenous  

Resources for students of Australian Indigenous Studies and assistance with essay writing and academic learning skills
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Indigenous student services

Monash University support for current and prospective indigenous students


Knowledge Exchange   is the term the Lowitja Institute uses to describe the complex series of interactions between their researchers and the users of their research that will lead to better outcomes in the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Australian Indigenous health-communication skills

Australian Indigenous Film and Television Digital Bibliography

 Report on Government Services 2014: Indigenous Compendium

  Top ten Indigenous research publications 2013

 Indigenous Affairs: A quick guide to key Internet links


Learning skills help

Learning skills advisers assist students in improving their academic language and approaches to learning, including:

  • academic English
  • study methods and exam preparation
  • effective listening and note-taking
  • problem-solving and critical thinking
  • reading strategies
  • essay, report and thesis writing
  • writing for research projects
  • oral communication and presentation

Learning skills advisers:

Assignment writing


The Library has more than you think!

The Library has much more than study books eg the Music and Multimedia collection has items relevant to your course - documentaries, films and music. The database TVNews has TV Broadcasts of all key news and  current affairs programs.

Informit Edu TV  provides  access to 10,000 programs; includes  searchable database ofdocumentaries, drama, series and more, from broadcast and pay TV; Archive of programs from 2006 - with up to 80 new programs added weekly; programs classified by subject areas; Clip creation and sharing functional


The Library is your portal to the information multiverse.


Featured Sources

 Report on Government Services 2014: Indigenous Compendium

The performance of mainstream services provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians is a particular focus of the annual Report on Government Services. This Indigenous Compendium contains all the Indigenous data to be found in the most recent Report, published in January 2014.

Economic value of Aboriginal community controlled health services


Manamidh mirrambiina ngangalinga (Welcome)

Australian Indigenous Studies is taught at the Clayton campus.The historical, social and political aspects of Australian Indigenous societies are studied including current Indigenous issues and debates on matters of national importance such as land rights and reconciliation,  and the historical and contemporary relationships between Indigenous Australians and the wider society

Depending on your topic you may also need to refer to resources in these related pages.

Related guides: Anthropology; Art History; Holocaust and genocide studies; Politics; Sociology; Women's and gender studies


Library help

Librarians can help you with:

  • how and where to start researching your topic
  • effective use of databases and the internet
  • finding and evaluating information
  • using the Library's collections

Contact librarian:

Library tutorials

Search Help: how to find library resources


A traditional map

Museum Victoria

Lake Condah Possum Skin Cloak, before 1872, (image courtesy of Museum Victoria, Indigenous collection)


Featured Sources

2012 Boyer Lectures   The Quiet Revolution: Indigenous People and the Resources Boom

presented by Professor Marcia Langton AM, Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at The University of Melbourne.

Black Australian literature : a bibliography of fiction, poetry, drama, oral traditions and non-fiction, including critical commentary, 1900-1991 / Heinz Schurmann-Zeggel. New York : P. Lang, c1997 - Held at Caulfield, Gippsland and Matheson Libraries at A829.09 S394B



Important links

Monash links

Victorian links

National links

International Links


Featured sources

  Top ten Indigenous research publications 2013

The ten most popular research publications from  Australian  Policy Online's Indigenous section published in 2013, based on the number of page visits according to Google analytics.The most popular Indigenous reports in 2013 focused on health issues, and on the limited progress so far in achieving the Closing the Gap targets.   

 The Digital Bibliography is a unique resource where students, teachers, researchers, filmmakers and members of the public can access a wide range of sources of information about Australian Indigenous Film and Television. The Indigenous Department of Screen Australia defines Indigenous film and television as screen projects with “Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Australians in key creative roles – at least as writer and director.” The Department’s Black List: Film and TV projects since 1970 with Indigenous Australians in key creative roles comprises more than 600 titles and provides a timeline of significant film and television projects and key events in the development of Indigenous filmmaking from 1970 to 2010.

Culture, not colour, is the heart of Aboriginal identity

Interesting article in 'The Conversation'  by Victoria Grieves  ARC Indigenous Research Fellow at University of Sydney  about Aboriginal identity and research being undertaken on this  "Findings about Aboriginal identity are an important aspect of the research that has been undertaken as part of the ongoing ARC-funded project – More than Family History: Race, Gender and the Aboriginal family in Australian history" 


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