AIFS library

The library collection

The online library catalogue provides access to the most substantial and up-to-date collection of international and Australian research on family wellbeing in Australia.

The collection features a large amount of 'grey literature' such as hard to find reports as well as books, journal articles, conference papers and presentations, book chapters, DVDs and kits.

The core collection covers a broad range of areas including: child abuse prevention; child development and psychology; family law, economics, demographics; family violence and sexual assault; and parenting.

Australian Family & Society Abstracts

Produced by staff at the Institute's Library since 1984, the Australian Family & Society Abstracts database:

  • records the research, policy and practice literature about Australian families and the social issues that affect them
  • draws upon a wide range of social science disciplines, including sociology, psychology, demography, health, education, economics, law, history and social work
  • contains abstracts for journal articles, conference papers, books, book chapters, government reports, research reports, discussion and working papers, unpublished papers, statistical documents, theses and grey literature.

You can access the database in the following ways:

  • subscribe online through Informit Online, an Australian web-based service of research and education databases operated by RMIT Publishing
  • access source data through the AIFS library catalogue

Many of the documents are available free online or by pay-per-view. Contact your local library to access subscription or print-only material.

Family Thesaurus

Family Thesaurus provides a list of the subject terms developed for indexing and retrieving information in the Australian Family & Society Abstracts database. Terms included in the thesaurus reflect the database's multidisciplinary approach to factors affecting life in Australian society and are drawn directly from the literature being indexed.

Download the Family Thesaurus 2014 edition (PDF 990 KB)

Download the Family Thesaurus 2014 edition (DOC 890 KB)

Please contact the library if you are having trouble accessing Family Thesaurus.

Interlibrary loans and document delivery

Loans and photocopies of material from the Institute's library are available via interlibrary loan.

Visiting the library

The library is open to the public by appointment. We encourage you to contact us by phone or email first to see if we can assist you, as many of our resources and services are available online.

If you have a query or would like to make an appointment you can:

  • ring us on +61 3 9214 7888 and ask to be put through to the library
  • email the library directly.

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