Tags are keywords or labels you can apply to items in Trove.

A tag can be anything you want it to be; for example, it could describe a topic, a place, an event, a person, a feeling, your research progress. A newspaper article on the opening of the Sydney Opera House could be tagged with any of the following by users and a lot more besides:

  • Sydney Opera House
  • Sydney Opera House – Opening event
  • Jorn Utzon
  • modern architecture
  • ceramic tiles
  • Queen Elizabeth II
  • Inspiring
  • Exciting
  • not read
  • text correction complete
  • reading list

To view all articles that have been associated with a particular tag, select the tag from any screen where the tag appears as a link.

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

To add a tag

Tags may be public, seen by all Trove users, or private, seen only by you. They can help you and other users find items of interest and collect like items together.

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

Tags can appear in different places

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.