Website review: National Library of Australia (catalogue)

National Library of Australia

The Librarians Day at the AFFHO Congress 2015 recently was hosted for us by the National Library of Australia. I was pleased that we could fit in an all be it hurried tour including behind the scenes, as this was my first visit, I was a little disappointed that we had to hurry through so will have to plan a trip in the future and undertake some research. Since my visit the new newspapers and family history zone has opened.  The catalogue is separate to the home page but a link to it can be found on the home page of the website (right beside one for Trove )
A general rule for a lot of catalogues and sites such as Trove and Ancestry is to keep your search simple, especially in the beginning. A less is more approach is more sensible as the use of filters and other options helps to narrow down your search results anyway. In the NLA case, a list of options to narrow your search appears on the right of the screen.
As researchers increasingly expect more and more content on line, you can narrow your search to online items by selecting this option from the drop down menu on the search screen.
Find something interesting, follow the links and see where they take you.
Login in with your NLA registration and keep track of the items you have found by adding them as a favourite. This is a handy option for requesting records at a later date. Information on how to do this is on the website and if after all this, you still need a bit of guidance check out this fun video.

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