AustLit is a great resource for school teachers. It provides information on the authors and texts you might be teaching or incorporating in your lesson plans. By drawing on resources from specialised areas of research within AustLit, AustLit can help teachers address the three primary cross-curriculum objectives of the National Curriculum. It is a great professional development tool for teachers with an interest in Australian culture.
For the primary-school teacher
If you're teaching at a primary school, AustLit contains a number of research datasets specifically about children's literature, including:
Other datasets also include information on works for children, such as the Children's Literature section of the World War I project.
These datasets are designed to make it easier to engage with specific aspects of children's literature on the database, but you can equally roam at will throughout the main database. From the advanced search page, you can find records for:
And more works are added to the database on a daily basis.
For the high-school teacher
If you're teaching Australian literature at a high school, AustLit is an excellent source of biographical and (particularly) bibliographical information on the Australian texts included in high-school syllabi.
From anyone of our work records, you can find
The advanced search page gives you even more control over your access to the database's contents. Using our advanced search function, you can perform targeted searches, searching for authors by gender, birth date, or cultural heritage, and searching for works by genre, publication date, or language.
AustLit, in short, allows you to map your route through the vast, amorphous landscape of Australian writing.
As well as the main database, AustLit also groups records into specialised datasets, allowing targeted searching of certain categories. Some of the research datasets that are of particular use to high-school teaching include:
You can also use the advanced search page to set up specific searches across the breadth of AustLit's content.
For example, did you know that AustLit has
What else can AustLit offer you?