Archival guides and the National Archives of Australia

Michael Piggott

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A series of guides published by the National Archives of Australia (NAA) is considered against the background of various definitions and examples of archival guides produced in Australia during the past sixty years. The author then discusses the range of NAA guides: in particular, its so-called research guides, including the latest, published on-line and in hard copy, which surveys Commonwealth records about the Northern Territory. The article draws comparisons with the National Library's Trove system and ends with questions about the purpose of these guides, given the NAA's overall strategy for public discovery and its other information retrieval and promotional tools.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-155
Number of pages10
JournalAustralian Academic and Research Libraries
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012

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