Datasets and databases

Browse datasets covering a range of disciplines.

If you would like to request access to a dataset or database that is not listed here or on the Library website, please complete this form.

Databases managed by the Library

The Library has a number of subscription databases available - View the list of databases.

  • Click here for help with searching or using bibliographic tools
  • Click here if you require help regarding specialised databases in your discipline

BioGrid Australia - National health data linkage platform and databases

La Trobe researchers now have access to the BioGrid federated national data linkage platform and databases to enable the sharing of real-time hospital and clinic based health and medical data for research.

La Trobe has signed a non-member Data and Research Collaboration Agreement for a subscription to BioGrid Australia Limited, which provides access to de-identified health data from a broad range of studies. There is also a tool that allows you to identify which databases have individuals in common.

In order to access BioGrid data, researchers should first identify the datasets that they are interested in accessing and apply for La Trobe Human Ethics approval. Following ethics approval, they should complete the BioGrid data access approval process through the BioGrid website. In order to assist with subscription cost recovery, researchers will be required to pay a fee of about $2,800 (TBC) per project.

Further information can be found by visiting the BioGrid website at

HuNI (Humanities Networked Infrastructure) Database

HuNI combines data from many Australian cultural websites into the biggest humanities and creative arts database ever assembled in Australia. HuNI data covers all disciplines and brings together information about the people, works, events, organisations and places that make up the country's rich cultural landscape.

What you can do with the HuNI data:

  • search and browse
  • build your own private or public virtual collections
  • view collections built by other HuNI users
  • make new links between records and follow existing trails
  • export, publish and share your findings.

ANDS (Australian National Data Service) Datasets

To find, access and re-use data for research from over one hundred Australian research organisations, government agencies, and cultural institutions, visit Research Data Australia and browse datasets by subject:

  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Business, Economics and Law
  • Medical and Health Sciences
  • Engineering, Built Environment, Computing and Technology
  • Biological Sciences
  • Environmental Sciences and Ecology
  • Earth Sciences
  • Physical, Chemical and Mathematical Sciences

Browse ANDS Themed Collections for datasets on the following research areas:

AURIN (Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network) Portal

The AURIN Workbench and its flagship application, the AURIN Portal, delivers access to diverse data from multiple sources, and facilitates data integration and data interrogation using open source eResearch tools.

Use the AURIN Data Guide to browse metadata for all the datasets available in the AURIN Portal.

Tinker: for the HASS community

Tinker is an early prototype of the Data Enhanced Virtual Lab (DEVL) developed to support Australian researchers in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS). The HASS DEVL establishes workflows across national capabilities and research institutions with the aim of creating a more cohesive and interoperable landscape.The project specifically targets the social sciences, linguistics, and historical studies but the data curation and interoperability frameworks ensure applicability to all HASS disciplines involving the collection of historical records, archival research, transcription, text analysis, mapping and geospatial data. Project outcomes will also broadly benefit research users of TROVE, ADA and AURIN. Visit

Alveo: Above and Beyond Speech, Language and Music

Alveo is a Virtual Lab for Human Communication Science that connects researchers, their desks, computers, labs, and universities and accelerates HCS research to produce emergent knowledge that comes from novel application of previously unshared tools to analyse previously difficult to access data sets. The Alveo infrastructure overcomes resource limitations of individual desktops; allows easy access to shared tools and data; and provides the guided use of workflow tools and options to allow researchers to cross disciplinary boundaries. Click here to access the website.

The Analysis & Policy Observatory

The Analysis & Policy Observatory is an award-winning research collection and information service curating key resources to support evidence-informed policy and practice. APO hosts and provides free access to a wide range of grey literature, data, journal articles and books, audio and video and online resources and the tools to publish, search, manage and track content, people and organisations. Click here to access the website.

The Prosecution Project

Search a database of Australian criminal trial records from more than 100 years ago. Searches can be conducted for any case in which a trial was listed before 1922. The Prosecution Project publishes data transcribed from historical records held in Australian cultural institutions. Some data is provided as a resource to support private research and study. Researchers wishing to access the database for research purposes are invited to contact the Prosecution Project to discuss their project needs.

Click here to access the website.

Atlas of Living Australia

The Atlas of Living Australia is a collaborative, national project that aggregates biodiversity data from multiple sources and makes it freely available and usable online. Click here to access the website.