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Indigenous Studies - Indigenous Knowledge, History and Heritage: Databases and journals

This guide will help you find resources relating to the history, culture and philosophy of Indigenous peoples in Australia


You must sign in to OneSearch to access our full range of resources.

Use OneSearch to search the for the following resources at once:

  • UWA print collection
  • ebooks
  • journal articles
  • exam papers
  • CMO materials
  • newspaper articles
  • conference proceedings
  • law reports
  • music scores
  • and more


Find recommended readings

Search CMO for materials identified by your lecturers as important for your unit. Need help with CMO? Try our CMO guide

What is CMO?

Course Materials Online (CMO) is the UWA Library's Resource List Management System, which provides online access to course reading lists. It comprises of links to full text journal articles and book chapters, and to OneSearch records of items held in the Library's collections. It is accessible from any computer in the world, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Google Scholar

Activate FindIt@UWA links in Google Scholar to access the UWA full text version of articles.  Once activated, you will see FindIt@UWA links - click these and the online, UWA databases will be searched for you.

To activate the FindIt@UWA feature in Google Scholar when off campus:

1  Go to Google Scholar

2 Click ton Settings (the small black co- the last icon in the top menu)

3 Select Library Links in the left hand side menu

4 Enter University of Western Australia (or UWA, or University of WA) in the search box and click on the magnifying glass

5 Tick the checkbox for the option The University of Western Australia (FindIt@UWA)

6 Click Save


The University of Western Australia acknowledges that its campus is situated on Noongar land, and that Noongar people remain the spiritual and cultural custodians of their land, and continue to practise their values, languages, beliefs and knowledge.

This guide will help you find information resources relating to the history, culture and philosophy of Indigenous peoples in Australia available to students at UWA.  This guide uses the term 'Indigenous Australians' to refer to Australia's first people. This term refers to 'Aboriginal Australians' and 'Torres Strait Islander people'.

Learn more about the UWA's Indigenous commitment.


Use databases to find articles from a wide range of journals. Think of a database as a collection of electronic journals and resources. 

Some databases provide good full-text coverage allowing you to link directly to the full article or book within the database product.  Others are indexing databases - they help to you to find information through the indexing only of titles and abstracts and will generally link you directly to a "Find It@UWA"  link button to help you to identify where you can get full-text online or print access.


The best place to begin to search for a specific journal title is in OneSearch.  Use the pull down menu to select "Journal Title" and search using a key word or actual publication title.

From the search results you can select "full text" to view only those available online through one of our databases or "physical resources" to view the location of print copies of the journal title within the library.

Aboriginal history journal title search

You can also view a full list of Journal Titles by searching specifc topic classifications such as Aboriginal Australians - Periodicals.

Below is a list of some Journals relevant to this topic.