Tags are keywords you can add to items in Trove.

A tag can be anything you want it to be, describing a topic, a place, an event, a person, a feeling, or your personal research progress.

This image of the Sydney Opera Hours [image] could be tagged with: “Sydney Opera House”, “Jorn Utzon”, “modern architecture”, “ceramic tiles”, “Queen Elizabeth II”, “inspiring”, “exciting”, “not read”, “text correction complete”, “reading list”, and lots more besides.

You can click on any tag to view all items associated with it.

Tags may also be searched for, using the search operator publictag: , eg, publictag:lighthouse 

Adding a tag

Private tags are seen only by you, but public tags are seen by all Trove users. They can help you and other users find items of interest and collect like items together. To add a tag: 

  1. Go to an item's page.
  2. Click on ‘Tags’ in the User activity box to the right of the item’s title
  3. Click on the ‘Add a tag button’
  4. Click on the button next to Public or Private. You must be logged in to add a private tag.
  5. Type your keyword into the text box. To include a comma in your tag, surround the tag with double quotes.
  6. Click ‘Add a tag’. If you are not signed in you will have to complete a short ‘captcha’ test.

Using tags

When you are looking at a work such as Seven Little Australians you may notice that you can add tags and comments at several different points on the page. Some of these are labelled “for this version” and others are labelled “for this work”.

  • If a tag or comment refers to the story in general, it should be placed at the work level.
    For example, the comment “This story is set in Sydney in the 1880s”.
  • If a tag or comment refers to a particular edition, it should be placed directly under that version only.
    For example, the comment “This edition has lovely illustrations” about the Centennial edition illustrated by John Lennox.

Editing a tag

Tags can’t be edited, if you wish to edit a tag you should delete it and add a new one.

Deleting a tag

You may only delete a tag that you added while logged into Trove.

  1. Login to Trove with the account you used to create the tag.
  2. Navigate to the article or item you tagged.
  3. For newspaper articles, click on the small 'x' that appears next to the tag. For all other items, click on the 'Tags' link located on the right-hand side and then click on the small 'x' that appears next to the tag you wish to delete.