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Indigenous Studies: Getting Started

Welcome to our Library guide to indigenous studies resources.


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'Welcome to Country' Traditional Indigenous Ceremony

Overview of our resources

The Libraries provide students and staff with a variety of resources to assist with study, research and assignments.

Books/Video : You can search Supersearch (our catalogue) for books, ebooks, dvds, cds.

Journals : We subscribe to some print journals and magazines but also provide access to thousands of online journals and newspapers. You can also find these titles and articles using Supersearch.

Databases : Our databases are collections of journal articles, newspaper articles, conference papers, dissertations, theses, images, video, even ebooks.  Access these collections directly, from the Find Information page of our Library website.  

Web links : Access current and reliable information from various Government and non-government websites related to your studies.

Print Reference Materials

Reference materials such as dictionaries, handbooks and encyclopedias, are a good starting point to gain an overview of your subject area. Here are a few examples of print Reference Materials available in the Library that you may find useful:

Online Reference Materials

Click on the links below to access various online Reference Materials.

Indigenous Studies

Aboriginal Flag

The meaning of the three colours in the flag, as stated by Harold Thomas, is:

  • Black - represents the Aboriginal people of Australia
  • Red - represents the red earth, the red ochre used in ceremonies and Aboriginal people’s spiritual relation to the land
  • Yellow disk - represents the Sun, the giver of life and protector


Torres Strait Islander Flag

The symbolism of the colours is:

  • Green - represents the land
  • Blue - represents the sea
  • White - represents peace
  • Black - represents the Indigenous peoples


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Jennifer Parker
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