Introduction: This guide links users to some of the important electronic resources on Oceania that are available at OSU Libraries.
The region known as "Oceania" is a collective name for a scattered set of islands found in the Pacific Ocean. The term is neither fixed or static; different groups of people have different definitions - and even names - for this broad region. Sometimes referred to as the tropical Pacific or the South Pacific, Oceania generally refers to many groups of islands located south of China, in the southern and central parts of the Pacific Ocean. In its most restricted sense, Oceania is thought to encompass more than 10,000 islands including Micronesia, Polynesia, and Melanesia. New Zealand is often considered a part of this region, and Australia is also sometimes included.
Below are two short reference pieces on Oceania that can be found in OSU's main reference database Credo. The pieces exemplify the different ways in which scholars and other experts define the geographical borders of Oceania, depending on their different views or academic purposes.
"Oceania." National Geographic Video Collection. INTELECOM Intelligent Telecommunications. Pasadena: INTELECOM Learning, 2014. Credo Reference. Web. 22 June 2016.
Unlike many of the world regions, there are currently no academic programs, centers, or research institutes focusing on Oceania Studies at OSU. It is useful to take a moment and reflect on the possible reasons for this. How does this region compare politically, strategically, or economically to the other regions in the world for instance? Does the State of Ohio conduct much business in the Oceania region?
Some of the strongest programs in Oceania or Pacific Island Studies are located, not surprisingly, in the Pacific Rim. The University of Hawai'i is distinct in the US for offering a wide array of courses through its Center for Pacific Island Studies. Outside of the North America, there are a number of centers for the study of the Pacific, Australia, New Zealand, Aboriginal and Indigenous Studies, to name a few.
Sources focused on population (spatial) distribution, migration, demographics
Stories of the Dreamtime (video)Nganampa Anwernekenhe is a cultural series made by Aboriginal people for both Aboriginal and mainstream television audiences. It tells three stories from the Central Australian region: “Bushtucker” shows the traditional way of cooking the Perentie, the giant monitor lizard; “Uluru Story” (Ayers Rock) illustrates the cooperation between Park and Wildlife Rangers and the traditional owners of the Rock in caring for the environment; and “Traditional Story” is the story of Emus, told in the traditional Aboriginal way. (48 minutes)