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ACAP Library Pathfinder: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Resources

How to find Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Resources in the library

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This guide will help you to get started with locating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources applicable to many units in Social Work, Counselling and Psychological Science.   

You can find more information about finding ebooks and journal articles, referencing and other research skills from


Warning: Some records in online or print resources may contain references to deceased people, sacred or secret material, inappropriate terminology or offensive language, which, though unintentional, may cause distress to some people.

Definitions & Overviews

A good place to start if you need definitions, history, trends or overviews of a topic, is to search the set of GALE Encyclopedias.

Searching the Library Catalogue (Multisearch)

  • Find all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources in the library. 
  • Use these live searches as a starting point. 
  • Edit the searches to build your own search for resources on specific topics.  
  • Change the date range or add keywords to these searches to make them more specific.

Find resources in these formats:

Find resources (books, articles, ebooks and audiovisual) on these topics. 

Featured Library Resources

Here is a sample of books and ebooks with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content.  Search the catalogue to find more resources

Searching Journals

Each field of study has a number of key journal publications which cover the major themes in that area. Searching within these journals, rather than searching an entire database, may provide research that is more relevant to your assessment task.

To help you begin searching:

  • Peruse the list of journals below. These have been hand-picked for their relevance to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources
  • Watch the short videos which show you how to search within the Library's online journal resources
  • Finally, check out the list of possible search terms, which you may find useful to get you started.

Key Journals

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources: key journals in the ACAP Library

Using any of these databases, run a search with the keywords you have already tried out in the library catalogue.  Remember to combine your keywords with AND or OR.


Other Useful Resources


Country and Culture

Biography and personal stories

Mental health, health and wellbeing

Colonisation: history and ongoing impact