Reference works are books and other materials that provide information on a specific topic. Examples include dictionaries, encyclopaedias, almanacs, and handbooks. They are often consulted for background information, to clarify concepts, or to find specific facts or details on a subject, and may provide useful bibliographies for further reading.
If you can't find something relevant in the list above then go to Search and copy the following search (replace australian politics with your own keywords): australian politics AND (handbook OR companion OR encyclopedia OR encyclopaedia OR dictionary)
|If you'd like to go browse the shelves, some relevant locations are listed below. Otherwise you can search for books (print and electronic) in Search.
|Gold rush - history||994.5031|
|Early Australian history to 1788||994.01|
|Period of settlement and growth, 1788-1851||994.02|
|Period of development and self government, 1851-1901||994.03|
|Period of gold discovery and consolidation, 1851-1891||994.031|
|Period of Commonwealth, 1901-||994.04|
In History there are, broadly speaking, two types of databases. Those you use to find primary sources and those you use for journal articles. For primary sources look at the Primary Sources library guide.
For journal articles, books, theses, conference papers and more:
Below are some of the key journals in Australian history. Search many journals at one time by using the Library Databases.