Collection spotlights

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Online collection spotlight: Oxford reference online

January 14, 2022

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights:

In Mozart’s opera ‘The marriage of Figaro’ who married Figaro?
The world at your fingertips! Explore the riches of the Oxford Reference Online collection.

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2021 in Eresources

January 4, 2022

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights:

How did we spend our time online in 2021? We reveal the top 3 most popular Library eresources in 2021 and highlight some hidden gems to explore in 2022. Registered Victorian State Library members can access a treasure trove of full text eresources – many from home.

It’s alive! The first illustrated representation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

It’s alive! The first illustrated representation of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

December 17, 2021

Collection spotlights, New books, Our stories, Rare Books & Arts:

State Library Victoria recently acquired an 1832 printing of the third edition of Mary Shelley’s, Frankenstein for its Rare Book Collection.

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Online collection spotlight: National geographic archive

December 9, 2021

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights:

Which Australian animal has been described as “an impossible patchwork creature”?
Explore stories and pictures from around the world with our National Geographic archive.

Opening Doors for people with disability

Opening Doors for people with disability

December 3, 2021

Collection spotlights, Our stories:

Earlier this year, the Library acquired a photographic series which documents people living with disability, posed in their own home environment.

Journey through the collection: Ashton’s 19th century sketchbook

Journey through the collection: Ashton’s 19th century sketchbook

November 26, 2021

Collection spotlights, Victorian history, Visual arts:

A little sketchbook with a lot of stories. How did the newsworthy events of the 1880s go from pocket sketches to newspaper illustrations?

The early days of television in Victoria

The early days of television in Victoria

November 19, 2021

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights:

A brief look at the preparation and early days of television broadcasting in Victoria, how ‘the box’ was made and became a part of everyday life.

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Online collection spotlight: Food and drink in history

November 12, 2021

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights, Our stories:

Do you have a fondness for fondue, a preference for piroshki, a hankering for empanadas, or wish to savour strudel? Well, our Food and Drink in History database has these recipes and many, many more from many countries and many eras. The database explores the historical evolution of food and drink through the ages and through cultures across the world. 

Researching religion and spirituality at the State Library

Researching religion and spirituality at the State Library

October 29, 2021

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights:

Discover the diverse collection of works on religion and spirituality held at the State Library Victoria – they are for everyone no matter what path you travel.

Mapping the city with Mahlstedt

Mapping the city with Mahlstedt

October 22, 2021

Ask a librarian, Collection spotlights:

The Mahlstedt Fire Insurance Plans show Melbourne’s CBD in precise detail. Learn how these incredible resources can be used to track changes to the city throughout the years.