Access to the microfilms is via published AJCP Handbooks (Parts 1-11) which list and describe the records. The handbooks provide a reference to the required document (AJCP Reel with Class & Piece Number).
You can then search for AJCP documents in Trove using the National Library of Australia (NLA) AJCP Research Tool, or directly in Trove.
The following steps will help you find the correct AJCP documents:
If searching Trove for AJCP documents, select “Diaries, letters, archives” to avoid retrieving irrelevant material in other formats (eg. books, journals, newspapers etc.)
You can search on a combination of class, reel and piece numbers, then narrow your results by adding specific keywords.
e.g. "Series CO 201"
The returned search result is a brief description of the CO 201 class.
e.g. "AJCP Reel No: 23"
The returned search results are a brief description of reel number 23.
The returned search result is a brief description of reel number 23, piece 46.
e.g. “M118” aborigines
You can search on words and descriptions that appear in AJCP Handbooks and Finding Aids, but not the actual words on the microfilmed documents.
Keyword searching is most effective when identifying a particular document of interest in the AJCP Handbook. A phrase search of the record will take you straight to the digitised document.
From your search result:
*Click on the thumbnail or title of the document (eg. Port Jackson: Despatches Bligh)
*Scroll down the page and click "Get"
*Select "View at the Australian Joint Copying Project"
*Click on the blue tab "View Finding Aid"
*Access digitised document
Note it may take a few seconds for the page to load before the thumbnail of the specific document s displayed.