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Research into Australian literary production is hampered by the lack of reference resources. Results from past research are largely scattered and often inaccessible or need up-dating. AustLit is a constantly updated on-line bibliographic database, a national collaboration between eight universities and the National Library of Australia, launched in 2002. Because of its currency, its ability to store and retrieve information about publishers and printers, the publishing history of books, newspapers and journals and its ability to incorporate new research into specially focused, individually searchable subsets, AustLit is well-placed to fill this gap; it can both support and benefit from research into Australia's print culture.