Bibliographies, indexes, finding lists - essential tools for the literary scholar and cultural historian, but ones often lacking for Australian material. The three works reviewed here represent many man (or, in most cases, woman) hours of intensive and careful work in libraries and archives. Thanks to the researchers concerned, and the publishers, others will be saved much labour and new avenues of inquiry will open up.
The Bibliography of Australian Literature project, as many ALS readers would know, has been underway at the Centre for Australian Studies at Monash University since 1990. It has now combined forces with another major Australian literature bibliographic database, AUSTLIT, to form the electronic Australian Literature Gateway, a collaborative project involving eight universities and the National Library, managed from the University of Queensland While electronic databases have revolutionised access to information about Australian literature, there are still advantages in having such information available in volume form, so the arrival of the A- E volume is most welcome.