The Comprehensive Subject Index (CSI) is a searchable database of references to named people, objects, places or events. The data has been compiled by TFHS Inc. volunteers over many years from the contents of publications in TFHS Inc. Branch Libraries.
For several years it was only available through an application running on a PC in the Hobart Branch Library. Thanks to some clever development work it is now also available through our website. This web version does not yet include every function available on the PC but all data is available here.
CSI is a work in progress. Indexing continues and data is regularly added to the database. The database certainly does not yet cover every publication. So even if you search CSI and get no results, that does not necessarily mean that we cannot help you. We have many other resources to assist you with your research. We also have volunteers willing to assist - check here for more details.
Each item of information can take two forms, either:
While most sources can be found at the Hobart Branch in Bellerive, many can also be found in other branches. So contact your local branch first when trying to locate a source or book.
Members may become involved in the CSI project. The easiest way is to index publications. The first step is to contact the Hobart Branch and indicate your interest. Email us for more information or to offer assistance. You will be contacted by the branch to discuss how you can most efficiently assist with indexing considering your location and technology.
The original concept and implementation was by Vee Maddock.
Further development and enhancement was undertaken by Peter Cocker, with recent management and administration by Robert Tanner. This web pilot was implemented by Eddy Steenbergen in 2019.