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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives

Ensure your teaching curriculum and reading lists represent the diverse student voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Keywords

Over time, the language and terminology used to describe Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people has changed. When searching for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources and materials, researchers may have to use language that is now considered outdated or even offensive.

The following list includes some of the keywords researchers may use when searching for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content.

  • Australia* AND Indigenous
  • Australia* AND Aborigin*
  • Australia* AND Native
  • Australia* AND “First Nations”
  • Australia* AND Black/s
  • Torres Strait Islander

Subject Headings and Thesauri

Subject headings are specific words or phrases that are used to organise material. UQ Library uses subject headings from the Library of Congress, the AIATSIS Subject and Place Thesauri, the AIATSIS AustLang database, and Field of Research Codes

The following list includes some of the subject headings used for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content. Researchers may find other relevant subject headings are used in conjunction or in addition to the subject headings listed below.

  • Aboriginal Australians
  • Torres Strait Islanders
  • Art, Aboriginal Australian
  • Art, Torres Strait Islander
  • Aboriginal Australian authors
  • Native title (Australia)
  • Stolen generations (Australia)

Call Numbers

You may enjoy finding further resources by browsing the Library’s physical collection. The following list includes some of the call numbers where you may find Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander content.

Australian history and ethnography DU80-398   
Anthropology GN550-674
Criminal justice administration    HV9950-9960
Political institutions and public administration JQ3995-6651
Colonies and colonization JV9100-9269
Law KU1- KUN3050
Australian languages PL7001-7101
General literature PN6010-6790
English literature (incl. Australian authors) R8100-9680
Astronomy QB1-991
Public health RA 421-790.95

Reverse citation

reverse citation search is when you search for resources by looking through the reference lists of published material such as books, articles and theses. This is incredibly useful in the case of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander resources because Indigenous researchers are likely to cite other Indigenous peoples. If researchers are struggling for a place to start, they should search for an Indigenous researcher or academic in their faculty and select relevant publications to conduct a reverse citation search