The Tasmanian Collections tab searches the following resources:

Digitised Archives

  • Digitised records from Tasmanian Archives

Archives Series

  • Links to Tasmanian Archives records
  • A significant number of the records in this resource are only searchable by agency and series information as individual items in the series are only included if they total less than 100. If you would like a more extensive search or you cannot find the records you need go direct to Search Archives Collection

Library Search

  • Tasmanian reference, heritage and digital collections in the library catalogue

Tasmanian Index

  • The Tasmanian Index provides references to articles in the three metropolitan Tasmanian newspapers: the Mercury, the Examiner and the Advocate, and to most other Tasmanian journals and regional newspapers.
  • The index was maintained from 1966 to 2010. This online version of the Tasmanian Index covers 1994 to 2010. The records from 1966 to 1994 are available online as PDF files.
This guide includes information on:

​​​​Logging in


Login to:

  • Access My Account to view your personal information, manage your holds, renew your loans and pay fees and charges - see My Account help
  • Manage lists of saved records in My Lists – see My Lists help


If you are using a shared or public PC It is important to protect your ID and privacy by clicking Log Out as your membership information will be remembered.

At any time you can clear your search and start your search again by clicking the reset icon (1)

The first search drop-down allows you to choose 1 of the 4 resources in the Tasmanian Collections tab to search. It is often worthwhile to initially search Everything as you may discover unexpected resources and you are easily able to limit your results to specific types of records (e.g. online). ​


Enter your search into the search box and press the Enter key or click the search icon (2).

You can search for a single word or multiple words or a phrase.

If you want an exact phrase you may need to surround the phrase with double quotation marks if the words are commonly used. ​

Search examples:

  • Mills
  • Electrolytic Zinc
  • "Clarence High School" 

Limiting your results

The categories to the left of your results can be used to limit your results.


The Availability and Format categories are expanded. The other categories can be expanded by clicking the + icon:


For each expanded category the top 5 limits display.

To select a limit(s), click the checkbox(es) and click the Select button: ​



Records can be removed from your results by clicking the Ignore button:



If there are more than 5 limits, all can be displayed by selecting View All (3). Options may be sorted A to Z and the required limits selected or ignored​:



Year limits

The year category always displays 5 limits: 

When you select a range, the years are split into 5 more limit ranges allowi​ng you to continue to drill down until single years display​:




​The default sort for all results is by relevance.

If your results are less than 1000 titles you can re-sort by Year, Title or Author:​


Select an Action

You can select records on your results page by clicking the checkboxes to the left of the images or you can select all 12 records on the page by clicking the select all checkbox (4)  ​


The Select an Action drop-down allows you to perform actions on your selected records:

  • Add the record to a list – see My Lists help
  • Email the record
  • Change to a print friendly browser view​​

​​Full record detail

​Click on the image or title of a record in your search results to view the full record: 


Clicking the blue links will perform a new search for the words in that link. For example, a subject search for "Paper industry Tasmania New Norfolk" or an author search for "Australian Newsprint Mills".

As this is a library record its location is displayed (5)

The action icons (6) allow you to:

  • Change to a print friendly browser view
  • Email the record
  • Add the record to a list – see My Lists help

Click Permalink to display the unique web address for this record which you can bookmark in your browser:


Archives Series

​If the series has less than 100 items associated with it, links to these items can be searched and they display in the series full detail record:


Clicking on the first Go to Archives link (7) will take you to Archives record for this series but you can also click on item links (8) to go directly to that item record in Archives. ​

If a series has more than 100 items, the items are not included in the series record and cannot be searched. ​


You will need to click on the series link (7) to view the items in Archives​​​:

​Searching using Search Limits

You do not need to enter a search term or phrase to commence your search

Click the reset icon (1) to clear any of your searches and then click the search icon (2) :


All records will display in your search results and you can use the search limits to limit your results. 


For example, click on the Format photograph limit to return all photographs:

​Search Examples

​​Example 1

Enter the search Electrolytic Zinc 


If you wish to view the Online records click Online in the Availability limit.

Your search is now reduced to 55 online records and Online is included in Your search so far:

​​​You can view an image or electronic document by clicking View online from the results screen or you can select the image or title to view the full detail ​:


You can view the image within this record (9) but we recommend you click on the first Electronic Resources link (10) to open the image in another browser tab. 

You can also select the blue Series link to view other digitised images in this series.

As this record is from Archives you can click on the second Electronic resources link (10) to view more details about this Archives series.

If you wish to view non-online records, remove the red cross from online (11) ​by clicking on it.

You return to your original 154 records. You could now select Archives in the Availability limit

Your search is now reduced to 31 Archives Series records 


Expand the Agency/Creator (Archives) category and select the Electrolytic Zinc Company to limit your results to archives records provided by Electrolytic Zinc Company: 


Click on an image or title to view the full detail:


The series note provides useful information about the records in the series but as there are more than 100 items associated with this series are they not listed here. Click the Go to Archives link to view the details of the items: ​​​


Example 2

​Enter the search flowers:


.Format – select picture and print and click Select:


You​ now wish to limit your search by Author Allport, Curzona Frances Louise. Expand the Author/Creator category: ​


As there may be multiple listings for the same entry in the Limit lists due to ending punctuation or typing errors, click View All and sort alphabetically to check for variations:​​


The View All displays an additional variation you would have missed if you hadn't viewed the full list of authors - different wording​​​​​.