Government and Parliamentary publications typically include; Hansard, government agency annual reports, legislation and regulations.
Specialised websites that hold Government and Parliamentary publications:
The Australian Government Publications Guide details Government publications holdings in Australian State libraries, and is maintained by the National Library of Australia (http://www.nla.gov.au/govpubs/)
Australian Federal Government Publications
Australian Government agencies regularly release a number of publications including:
· Australian Government gazettes
· Budget statements
· Commonwealth legislation
· Parliamentary publications
· Style manual
· Government publishing
You can search for current government publications on the websites of individual agencies (https://www.australia.gov.au/about-government/publications)
Non-Government Reports and Publications
Trove, an initiative of the National Library of Australia, connects content from libraries, galleries, archives, museums, and other research and collecting organisations and repositories across Australia.
Trove's collections are divided into the following categories:
· Government Gazettes
· Digitised newspapers
· Journals, articles and data sets
· Pictures, photos, objects
· Music, sound and video
· Diaries, letters, archives
· Archived websites (1996 - now)
· People and organisations
A more comprehensive list of partners who contribute To Trove's collections can be accessed via Trove: https://trove.nla.gov.au/system/counts
Clearing houses are repositories for literature organised by a wide range of bodies with the main collective aim of providing a service or access to a collection of literature, data or works. These collecting groups can include (and are not limited to) individuals, libraries, universities, not-for-profits, governments, and more.
You can use your search engine to help you discover clearing houses.
Try this search:
“[your broad subject area] and Clearinghouse”
Typing in “Archaeology and clearinghouse” returned the following result:
https://archaeologyeducationclearinghouse.wordpress.com/ (accessed 26/6/2018)
This clearing house’s mission statement describes their clearinghouse as:
The AEC is an affiliation of professional archaeological not-for-profit organizations and agencies whose goals are:
To facilitate the sharing of educational resources, skills, and expertise to those publics engaged in interpreting, educating about, and otherwise exploring past human lifeways.
To advocate for, and generate public stewardship of, our endangered cultural resources.
You cannot rely on Google Scholar alone for your grey literature search, however, it is a very powerful addition to your grey literature arsenal. Google scholar will return grey literature results and peer review paid subscription journal results.
Using Google Advanced Searching
Search engines or search boxes on government and nongovernment websites may not yield the results are are expecting or hoping to see. There can be a number of reasons for this; however, it is often because the website was not specifically designed for efficient document searching. To increase your accuracy and get the most out of a document search, you can use Google Advanced Search to restrict your results to specific websites, file types and more.
PDF is one of the most common formats of Grey Literature documentation.
1. Go to Google & Type “google advanced search”
2. Enter your search term in the main section and write PDF in the “file type” section
3. Click on Search
You can also use google advanced to search within a specific website for publicly available content:
4. Go to Google & Type “google advanced search”
- Enter your search term in the main section and enter the website you wish to search in the “site or domain” section
- Click on Search
You can also add operator stings to the above searches own search topics.
For example: site:health.gov.au filetype:pdf (wellbeing OR well being) (elderly OR senior OR "older adults")
Statistics are an important source of data and can be found in a multitude of places.
When looking for statistics on a particular topic your first port of call should be specific institutions and organisations relating to that topic.
e.g. If looking for information on international health statistics you should look at the World Health Organisation and the World Bank
Watch the video: Finding Statistics
ABS other agencies guide links to other Statistical Agencies & related sites - compiled by the ABS
Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (select publications as topic)
Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources contains statistics on food - Search publications
Australian Department of Education (search documents - includes statistics on higher education)
Australian Department of Employment links to statistics on employment and the Australian job market
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade links to trade statistics
Australian Department of Home Affairs links to migration and population statistics
Australian Department of Industry and Science
Australian Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development
Australian Education International includes statistics on international students
Australian Government Actuary includes life tables available under publications tab
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare includes statistics on Australian health related topics
Reserve Bank of Australia includes statistical releases that relate to key data produced by the Bank
Australian Data Archive (ADA) holds over 6000 datasets from more than 1500 projects and studies from 1838 through until the present day
Key International Statistics
UNECE Statistical Database: The Statistical Division of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) plays a central role in coordinating international statistical activities between the countries of the UNECE region and beyond.
World Bank: With 189 member countries, staff from more than 170 countries, and offices in over 130 locations, the World Bank Group is a unique global partnership: five institutions working for sustainable solutions that reduce poverty and build shared prosperity in developing countries.