The NCACL’s books by and about Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Peoples is one of Australia’s most comprehensive collections. Other comprehensive collections exist at the National Library of Australia and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). All three collections are located in Canberra, Australia. The NCACL also holds a reference collection about this topic as well as research files with wide-ranging material about the work of Aboriginal and or Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Publishers in this field have assisted by providing older, currently in print and forthcoming books.
The NCACL also sourced online databases produced by educational bodies, tertiary institutions, professional organisations and others with recognised knowledge. Major national and regional organisational bodies with select lists and awards for books for young people have been examined. Bibliographies produced by international, national and specialist organisations that feature Australian children’s books have been examined. Academic publications featuring potential books of interest have been examined along with bibliographies in general articles and academic studies. A team of individuals examined every book included in the Resource.