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Search TipsGo to top
AND (includes all of the words), i.e.: Margaret Fuller AND Ralph Waldo Emerson
NOT (without the words) narrows the search, i.e.,: England NOT New will retrieve articles about England but not New England.
OR (with at least one of the words) broadens the search, i.e.,: Edward Quinn AND elections OR politics
Refine Search Results
- One or more publications
- A date range
Search Limited to
How to correct textGo to top
New User Registration:
- Click the line on the left hand side that you would like to correct.
- A red box will be displayed in the right pane to help you determine what text should be included in the line.
- Correct the text line by line.
- Single letters, words, lines or entire articles can be corrected.
- Once you have finished correcting text, click Save.
- For long articles it is recommended that you save every 10-15 lines.
- The changes you make will take effect immediately.
- You can make further corrections to the same block of text (you can also select another block of text in the right pane to correct.)
- The Save & next/Next button allows you to move onto the next block of text.
- Return to viewing mode allows you to exit the edit mode.
- Clicking Save & exit instead of Save will save the changes and then return you to the normal viewing mode automatically.
Helpful HintsGo to top
Adding new lines
Deleting empty lines
PrintingGo to top
Technical RequirementsGo to top
Optical Character RecognitionGo to top
Optical Character Recognition, or OCR, is a process by which software reads a page image and translates it into a text file by recognizing the shapes of the letters (The NINCH Guide to Good Practice in the Digital Representation and Management of Cultural Heritage Materials).
OCR enables searching of large quantities of full-text data, but it is never 100% accurate. The level of accuracy depends on the print quality of the original issue, its condition at the time of microfilming, the level of detail captured by the microfilm scanner, and the quality of the OCR software. Issues with poor quality paper, small print, mixed fonts, multiple column layouts, or damaged pages may have poor OCR accuracy.
The searchable text and titles in this collection have been automatically generated using OCR software. They have not been manually reviewed or corrected.
To look at the OCR text, select the page/article and click the Text of this page/Text of this article link.
FAQGo to top
- Why should I correct the electronically translated text?
- How do I correct the electronically translated text?
- How frequently is the corrected text updated in a newspaper?
- I can't edit the text, can I send you the information as a document?
- Why is the electronically translated text corrected on a line-by-line basis?
- Can I contact other users of this project?
- Can I change my display name and password?
- Why are only some newspaper editions available online?
- How can I find articles in newspapers that are not online?
- How do I use Advanced Search?
- How do I refine my search results?
- How do I search for illustrated articles?
- Why is the electronically translated text sometimes incorrect or different to the text that I can read on the newspaper page?
- I am trying to find an article that I know contains particular words. Why doesn't this article appear in the search results?
- I'm having trouble with Boolean searching — why?
Why should I correct the electronically translated text?The database that houses the Cambridge Public Library's Historic Cambridge Newspaper Collection searches across the electronically translated text. Much of this text has not been translated accurately due to the poor quality of old newspapers. By correcting the electronically translated text, the database is immediately able to retrieve better search results for users. The overall goal is to improve this remarkable resource and make it freely available to as large an audience as possible.
How do I correct the electronically translated text?Correcting the electronically translated text refers to changing the text in the left hand column to match the text as it was originally printed. Text corrections are saved to the database and will improve the service for all users by increasing the accuracy of search results. Below are instructions for how to correct the text. More detailed instructions are available here.
- To open the edit mode, click Correct this text. You will then be able to make your changes.
- When you have finished click Save & exit to save your changes and exit the edit mode.
- Click Save if you wish to save your changes and continue editing. For long articles it is recommended that you save every 10-15 lines.
- Single letters, words, lines or entire articles can be corrected.
How frequently is the corrected text updated in a newspaper?The corrected text is updated immediately.
I can't edit the text, can I send you the information as a document?Unfortunately it is not possible for us to import text supplied to us as a document into the database. We are not able to use any documents you send us.
Why is the electronically translated text corrected on a line-by-line basis?Each line of the electronically translated text is linked to a location on the article image. Line-by-line correction maintains these links, allowing clicking of the text to move the article image to that location on the screen.
Can I contact other users of this project?Unfortunately due to privacy issues we are unable to put users in touch with each other.
Can I change my display name and password?To change your display name and password, log in and click the My Account tab. From here you will be able to update your information. If you have forgotten your password, click forgot password on the log in screen to reset your information.
Why are only some newspaper editions available online?We are able to digitize and make freely available newspapers that have no copyright restrictions. More issues will be digitized and added to the collection on a yearly basis as they enter the public domain.
How can I find articles in newspapers that are not online?Later editions of the Cambridge Chronicle and Cambridge Tribune are available on microfilm at the main library. Access to the Cambridge Chronicle from August, 2005 to the present is available for patron use in the library and remotely for Cambridge residents here.
How do I use Advanced Search?To use the advanced search, click on the Search tab on the main navigation bar on the home page, or click on Advanced Search from the search results page. After typing in your search term(s), you can specify the following:
- Search within the full article or just the headlines.
- Display the highlighted text or the image of the newspaper within the search results.
- Modify how many results per page from 10 to 50.
- Restrict the publication date. You must include a year. Entering a date only in the 'from' field will search all articles after that date. Entering a date only in the 'to' field will search all articles prior to that date.
- Search within a publication or all publications.