AustLit is a searchable, scholarly source of authoritative biographical, bibliographic, critical, and production information about Australian writers and writing. It also documents the publishers, newspapers, magazines and scholarly journals that make this work known.
Material dates largely from the arrival of European print culture in Australia (c.1788) to the present. However, pre-1788 works, such as Gabriel de Foigny's utopian, imaginary work from 1676, La Terre Australe Connue, are included, as are references to the pre-colonial and continuing storytelling cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.
We interact closely with our academic colleagues through the growing number of Research Projects supported by AustLit, and undertaken by scholars around the country.
The database encompasses information about individual 'works' such as:
and 'agents' who might be:
Note: The use of the term 'agent' is a database convention used to distinguish people and organisations from 'works'. More information can be found in the Data Model section.
AustLit is the first major implementation of several important new data models, and its result displays are significantly different to those found in many other citation or full text databases.
Authors, publishers and other organisations are all classed as AustLit agents and in some cases have quite detailed records. These can contain:
Works are classified by type, form and genre. As many works have more than one classification (e.g. novel and crime, website and biography), the numbers indicated in the Works by and Works about lists may be greater than the total number of works listed.
AustLit Work records can contain: