Student research portal

Our student research portal helps you do research with primary sources. These include original archival records, with descriptions to help you understand their purpose, origins and context. 

About these resources

  • Records – each record you'll find here focuses on a single item from the National Archives' collection. Items include original documents, photographs and audiovisual material. Some records contain extra information to help you interpret them.
  • Themes – records are categorised into themes such as First Australians or science and technology. A record can relate to more than one theme. 
  • Topics – a topic is a collection of records with interpretation and inquiry questions. Each topic is aligned to the Australian Curriculum and focuses on an aspect of Australian history.
  • Referencing – references to archival records differ from references to books or other types of published material. This page will guide you.