Researching with Trove – getting started

We are proud to be conducting a series of three workshops on Trove. Each session is packed with interesting, informative and interactive material to showcase this wonderful database, allowing the discovery of its useful content. The current sessions are sold out but we will post tips and tricks from each session here.

“Introduction to searching newspapers” was the first session of this series, delivered on earlier this month and it was a big success. We were glad to have a room full of eager researchers, wanting to discover resources through efficient searches.

For those unable to attend, I am sharing some general information here from last week’s workshop. I hope this little window into the wonders of newspapers via Trove will entice you to give this database a go and to approach one of us, your friendly Level 3 Library Staff for guidance in the use of it.

Trove Workshop: Introduction to searching newspapers, 1 March 2017

What is Trove?

Trove is a free access database hosted by the National Library of Australia with digitised content to help us find and use resources relating to Australia. Trove is organised in 11 zones (11 tiles) for direct access to specific content.

The 11 zones available on

The 11 zones available on

Why is it useful?

  • Provides access to various online discovery services
  • Provides access not just to library collections but to a variety of Australian content, bringing together information in a single point of entry
  • Gives us easy access to digital full text material from libraries, museums, archives, repositories plus other research and collecting organisations big and small
  • We can find and use resources from: books, diaries, journals, maps, newspapers, pictures, websites, Government Gazettes and many more.

Why is is Trove useful in family history research?

  • Helps us find and use information from newspapers, such as death notices, obituaries, birth and marriage notices.
  • Provides clues to areas not available on Trove for further research, e.g. court records.
  • Fleshes out personal details.
  • It documents the social lives of everyday people through mentions in sporting pages, legal notices, accidents and educational achievements.

How to search digitised newspapers in Trove

Searching in Trove can be done as a general or advanced search. There are many ways to limit your search by selecting options provided. For example: publication date, place, title, or category of publication. We can also utilize the “Power Searching” features by adding wildcard symbols to our searches to broaden or narrow the range of results.

Quick guide to searching:

  • From Trove website:
  • Select “Digitised Newspapers and more”
  • Select “Adv” for advance search and type your keywords (search terms)
  • Select limits
  • Click “Search”
  • Further options to “Refine Results” will appear at the left hand side
  • Further content found in formats other than Newspapers, will appear at the right hand side
  • Trove will display results with two different options: text (left) and copy of original paper (right)
  • The keywords used in the search will be highlighted within the article
  • Options to capture results such as: save, print, download and edit will be presented at the left hand side of the article

Where to go for help

Trove help:

Ask us:

Gaby Asenjo

Library Technician, Information Services