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Pygmy Opossum
Pygmy Opossum. Shaw, George. Zoology of New Holland. Vol 1, No. 1. London: J. Davis, 1794, tab. 1. SUB Göttingen, 4 ZOOL I, 9806:1,1 RARA.

Relevant Databases

Maybe there are more relevant databases than the ones you are using already? If you want to see what else is there, check the Database Information System (DBIS) which is a very useful tool. Read more on how to make the best use of it.

To browse DBIS in your field, choose "Gesamtbestand", "Erweiterte Suche" and enter "Australien" or "Neuseeland" in the field "Schlagwort". If you click on a single title, the field "Bibliotheken mit Bestandsnachweis" shows you which library has licensed it, if it is not freely available.

You can also just choose the Region "Australien, Ozeanien" in "Gesamtbestand". The results will give you a broader overview than the search by subject headings described above. If useful for you, refine your search by applying the additional filters provided, e.g. "Fachgebiete", or adding a subject heading, e.g. linguistics. Consider that you can also pick multiple regions (and subjects) at once: Keep the STRG-key pressed and mark them with the mouse, then start search.

You will find relevant databases also with "Anglistik, Amerikanistik," especially in the fields of English literature and linguistics.

  • Extra tip for Law: Consult the website of the Specialised Information Service Law (Fachinformationsdienst für internationale und interdisziplinäre Rechtsforschung, FID Recht) which informs about important electronic resources and offers a subject-specific metasearch (ViFa Recht).
  • Extra tip for Literary Studies & Linguistics: Please also note the excellent survey of databases in Haug, Jochen. Erfolgreich recherchieren: Anglistik und Amerikanistik. Berlin u.a. de Gruyter Saur, 2012. Erfolgreich recherchieren. Sources specifically addressing Australian and New Zealand are described on pp. 95-97.

Please note that you can suggest databases for licensing!

Upgrade Your Research Skills

If you want to upgrade your research skills systematically, consult the following publications which give a detailed overview on search strategies and helpful resources in your field.

Literary Studies & Linguistics

Christenberry, H. F., and Angela Courtney. Literary Research and the Literatures of Australia and New Zealand: Strategies and Sources. Lanham Md. et al. Scarecrow Press, 2011. Literary Research 6.

Haug, Jochen. Erfolgreich recherchieren: Anglistik und Amerikanistik. Berlin u.a. de Gruyter Saur, 2012. Erfolgreich recherchieren. (includes linguistics)

History

Holleuffer, Henriette v. “Australien und Neuseeland.” Clio Guide: Ein Handbuch zu digitalen Ressourcen für die Geschichtswissenschaften. Ed. Laura Busse, et al. Berlin, 2016 [read it online].

Law

Vogel, Ivo. Erfolgreich recherchieren: Jura. 2. Auflage. Berlin: de Gruyter Saur, 2015. Erfolgreich recherchieren. De Gruyter Studium. (International and foreign law on pp. 83-118)

Please also consult the website of the Specialised Information Service Law (Fachinformationsdienst für internationale und interdisziplinäre Rechtsforschung, FID Recht) which informs about important electronic resources and offers a subject-specific metasearch (ViFa Recht).

Australiana in the Holdings of SUB Göttingen

Browse the Historical Holdings (Works Published up to 1945)

To browse our historical holdings by topic, use the electronic version of the Classified Catalogue („Band-Realkatalog“). Please note the general information on this historical reference tool.

Below you find the paths through the historical classification which lead you to relevant material, however they might not be complete - most likely there will be even more classes which contain interesting items for you. Once you get acquainted with the classification you will navigate easily through it and surely experience moments of serendipity!

Prose of Australian and New Zealand authors: Literatura & Linguistica / Fabulae Romanenses / In specie / Occidentales / Singulorum Populorum / Australicae/New Zealand

Miscellaneous literary writings and collections: Literatura & Linguistica /Scriptores varii argumenti / Scriptores singuli / Occidentales / Australi

Australian Language: Literatura et Linguistica / Linguistica / De linguis Asiae et Australiae / De linguis Polynesicis et Indonesicis / In specie / De lingua Australica

Australian and New Zealand History, Geography: Historia & Geographia / Historia Australia

Travel reports: Itineraria / Literatur bis Erscheinungsjahr 1933 / In specie / In Australes terras; Itineraria / Literatur ab Erscheinungsjahr 1934 / Australien und Ozeanien

Natural history, Geography: Mathematica & Scientiae naturales / Historia Naturalis speciatim / Geographia historico-naturalis / In specie: secundum regiones / Orbis partes descriptae / Plures orbis partes junctim tractatae / Africa, America, Australia / or Orbis partes descriptae / Singulae orbis partes / Australia cum regionibus antarcticis

Mineralogy: Mathematica & Scientiae naturales / Mineralogia / Mineralogia in specie / Mineralogia geographica / Speciatim / Australia

Botany: Mathematica & Scientiae naturales / Botanice / Botanice in specie / Botanice geographica / Speciatim / Australia

Zoology: Mathematica & Scientiae naturales / Zoologia / Zoologia universalis / Zoologia geographica / Australiae

The "Catalogue of English Books" for Prints prior to 1801

A very useful tool to access earlier prints is our “Catalogue of English Books Printed Before 1801”:

Fabian, Bernhard, ed. A Catalogue of English Books Printed Before 1801 Held by the University Library at Göttingen. Compiled by Graham Jefcoate and Karen Kloth. Hildesheim [et al.]: Olms-Weidmann, 1987- (3 pts., pt. 4 forthcoming).

Browse the Göttingen Acquisitions since 1993

Please use Göttingen Online Classification as a starting point for browsing by topic. When you've found a relevant title, click on its subject headings and classes to find more items on the respective topics.

Literary Studies & Linguistics

Main class in Göttingen Online Classification: Philologien / English. Commonwealth / English outside the U.K. and Ireland / Australian English or New Zealand English.

Particularly for primary literature the classification offers very useful browsing options. Please follow the general instructions for this method.

History

Main class in Göttingen Online Classification: History / History of Australia, New Zealand and Oceania.

In this main class, you can browse more than 4.000 books, but you will also find relevant titles under the headings "History of Historiography", "Auxiliary Science", "World History" (especially History of the World Wars),  and "History of the Jewish People" in the respective subclasses.

Recent Publications in Australia and New Zealand

If you want to keep on track with what is being published you can check

Please note: Such indices can be quite extensive and are often not limited to academic publications. Thus, it can be rather tedious to comb through them. If you are not necessarily looking for the very latest publications, check a good bibliographic database instead which is fitting for your field. If you use suitable search terms and select the last and/or the current year as year of publication you will get a narrowed, but probably much more useful list of results.

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