BlackWords includes descriptive records for works of creative writing:
It also creates records for non-fiction, creative non-fiction and other forms of scholarship:
BlackWords also includes, as appropriate, records and information about stories from oral traditions, that are part of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytelling cultures, but which have not been formally published.
BlackWords aims to include appropriate biographical information about Australian writers and storytellers identifying with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritages. BlackWords never records cultural heritage information unless authors have publicly claimed these heritages themselves or the information is recorded in the public domain.
The heritage terms in this subset are used with permission and conform as far as possible to those used by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies thesauri. Spellings are fluid and may change over time. We try to record variant spellings.
We also record details of organisations such as publishers and performance groups.
In BlackWords, ‘Black’ refers to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers and storytellers. While the word ‘Black’ has historically been used negatively against the Indigenous peoples of Australia, in recent times it has been reclaimed by Indigenous communities, and used in preference to terms such as ‘Aboriginal’ and ‘Indigenous’, which are viewed as colonisers’ terms.
A number of specialist works were used in our foundation years to expand BlackWords coverage, including: