Since 2000, AustLit has supported scholarly work across the range of research in Australian storytelling and print culture. Access our full range of research projects and their associated publications from the Research & Publications page. Full-text publications such as the Players essays on Australian actors, Growing Up Indigenous, and Contemporary Settler Colonial Literature are also available from the Full Text page.
AustLit is always happy to discuss research and publication opportunities with scholars working in Australian literature, Australian culture, digital humanities, and more. Contact us if you have an idea for a research project or specialist dataset.
AustLit publishes scholarly work, digitises collections of works for research purposes, and provides access to full text published in other sources.
Our digitisation projects have included The Anthology of Criticism, the Children's Literature Digital Resource, and the Speculative Fiction Full-text Collection, which provide access to high-quality republications of otherwise out-of-print and / or hard-to-find materials. Our most recent digitisation project is the growing Australian Drama Archive, which brings back to life early twentieth-century Australian plays that have been lost and forgotten.
AustLit also serves as a digital republisher and host for external publications, including the electronic edition of A Companion to the Australian Media, edited by Professor Bridget Griffen-Foley, and the archive of the significant Courting Blakness exhibition, originally exhibited in The University of Queensland's Great Court in 2014.
You can also find full-text works published in other sources via AustLit: check the 'Full text available' box on the Advanced Search page to limit your results to works available in full or part.
The Teaching Aust. Lit. (TAL) project was initiated in 2008, with funding from the Office of Teaching and Learning. It aimed to discover where, when, and in what context, Australian literary texts were being taught in Australian universities.
Since the publication of the inaugural TAL report in 2010, AustLit has continued gathering data for the project. This data is now fully integrated in the AustLit data, enabling users to see at a glance which works have been taught, where, and how often.
Teaching Australian literature? Please send us details.
In 2016, AustLit began developing a teaching and learning platform, using the unique affordances of the AustLit custom-built content management system.
First AusArts and later Cirrus, the system had two main intentions:
After four years into development, Cirrus offers a raft of annotation tools for texts, images, video, and audio (all available through Blackboard), as well as two forms of long-form publishing: parallax essays and multi-page websites.
Cirrus also publishes an annual Best of Cirrus, showcasing high-quality student work produced on the Cirrus platform and subject to professional editing and publication processes.
Looking for the Cirrus user manual? You'll find it here.
AustLit is pleased to host interns from the Faculty of HASS and undergraduate research scholarship programs.
Interns and scholars have participated in the daily operation of this large database, served as research assistance on projects undertaken by scholars at the university, and undertaken their own research projects under the guidance of AustLit staff.
AustLit welcomes interns from The University of Queensland and other universities, and provides a unique experience in working in research infrastructure. If you are interested in undertaking an internship or placing a student, please contact us.
These guides are designed to assist in some common queries of the AustLit database.
The videos do not have audio, but do have captions in English at the bottom of the screen. They are designed to be simple guides; if you have a more complex query or would like to discuss your research question with an AustLit staff member, please contact us.
Guides on Reading AustLit:
Guides on Searching AustLit:
(Looking for the Cirrus user guide? You'll find it on the Cirrus tab.)
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