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The Trove

 Trove is an Australian online library database aggregator and service which includes full text documents, digital images, bibliographic and holdings data of items which are not available digitally, and a free faceted-search engine as a discovery tool. Trove is a web-based database developed by the National Library of Australia to provide access to the collections of national and international libraries. It was launched in 2001 as the Australian Library database to provide access to Australian public libraries. Subsequently, Trove extended its scope to include other libraries, schools and archives around the world.

 According to their website, “Trove offers a huge collection of full text documents and images”. In addition to searching for textual items, you can also use facets such as language, format, publication status and more in the faceted search engine. Apart from being able to search through textual items, Trove allows users to do image searches. This is great for finding scanned articles or images from print sources that aren’t available digitally. Like textual items, image items can be found in the faceted search engine.

To find a specific item, use the faceted search engine. To use it, explore different categories to get an understanding of how it functions; this will help you start finding relevant items. For example, type in “Trove” in the category “CATEGORY1” and see what comes up first. A similar approach could be taken for “facet 1” or “CATEGORY10” if you prefer. The categories presented are based on information found in the database— if you don’t see what you’re looking for in a category, try adding another one. For example, if you want to look up information on Australian libraries or schools, create a “CATEGORY2” called “Australia” or “AUSTRALIA” respectively. 

Exploring these categories will help you find relevant items that are not available online. For example, under “Australia”, there is an item on Jeffrey Sparrow which is a playwright and journalist from Sydney who won the Miles Franklin Award for his novel A Man in milieu City back in 1989. Through exploring different facets of this item, you will find that the image feature can be used to find reference photos from Sparrow's career as a playwright and journalist. You can then use these reference photos to find other relevant information such as publications he worked with or awards he won.

 With Trove allowing users to search through both textual and image resources, it is an invaluable tool for research purposes; this is especially true when using its full text search function for finding results that don’t use its faceted search engine. By creating categories for your research needs, anyone can easily find relevant information about subjects they are interested in.