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  1. Why do the search abilities on FindMyPast not apply to the BritishNewspaperArchive if this is a collaboration?

    Apparently, in FindMyPast, you can use ? for a single wildcard character, ?? for two wildcard characters, or * for unlimited wildcard characters. Even more interesting is you can search and allow words between the search words as follows:

    “suton coldfield rail crash”~0 – terms must be right next to each other
    “suton coldfield rail crash”~1 – could be up to 1 word between terms
    “suton coldfield rail crash”~2 – could be up to 2 word between terms

    This would be SUPER helpful.

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  2. The box to amend text is tiny making it difficult to locate the text you wish to amend

    You encourage everyone to amend / edit text that's incorrect but the section in which to do it is ridiculously tiny, you can't expand out. Makes it almost unworkable to amend in practice.

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  3. country search India

    You can search by country for England etc. but not by India, you have lots of India newspapers and it would be really useful

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  4. Newcastle Guardian and Silverdale, Chesterton and Audley Chronicle

    This may be easier for people to find if you put it under Newcastle-under-Lyme in Staffordshire rather than Newcastle-upon-Tyne in Northumberland. Obviously no-one at BNA realised there is more than one Newcastle in England

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  5. WHEN I GO TO SAVE AN ITEM UNDER AN OLD FILE NAME ,I HAVE TO GO BACK TO MY SAVED LIST AND SEARCH FOR IT AS THESE ARE NOT IN ALPHETIC ORDER

    HAVE SAVED SEARCHES IN ALPHABETIC ORDER ALSO WHEN YOU RECOVER AN OLD FILE THE ITEM/NAME IS NOT HIGHLIGHTED YOU THEN HAVE TO SEARCH WHOLE HIGHLIGHTED AREA TO FIND IT

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  6. A search which allows you to search for nearby terms in the same text.

    Search for a word within a range of (however many) word(s) from the following word.
    You decide the maximum distance between each search term.

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  7. Perhaps a search engine that isn't incompetent?

    Using the advanced search and with Exact search ticked for Mourne and Croft in "Search all words" and mourning in "Exclude words" brings up no results at all.

    I wish there was a decent alternative to your dismal service.

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  8. Moving the window "Article text, suitable for copy and paste"

    How do I move the window above out of the way of the image behind it? I want to move it onto a second screen and enlarge it, to make it easier to edit the text. It only seems to slide up and down, and can't be dragged left or right.

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  9. When I am correcting the OCR attempt, is there a way of changing the point at which an article starts and stops please?

    Reason for asking - I have hit instances where the top of one article has been subsumed into the bottom of an unrelated article, while the second half of the same article has been allocated to the start of a third article.

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  10. Listen to suggestions

    Listen to previous comments and do something about it . Blaming the print is not an option. After trying numerous variations I stumble on articles which have the my first search words clearly in the text. Why does it miss them on the first search? Now I find that it refuses to find the word it has found previously in any publication.
    The Gale Archive was far from perfect but was significantly better than this. I rue the day my local library withdrew it and subscribed to you a service I cannot access from home for free but have to…

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  11. Improve the search terms so that exact search mean exact search

    I fail to understand the utter hopelessness of the Exact Search function. A small example - I search for Alfred King, and get any number of King Alfreds. Incredibly irritating and makes the site pointless. And surely easily remedied.

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  12. Make the town of Largs searchable

    Cannot search Largs without returning “large”
    Useless

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  13. Exact search - not exact

    Great site, great info - poor search. Exact search = not exact!

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  14. Download saved group as .csv

    Emulate TNA Discovery! Allow saved searches to be downloaded as .csv or similar to enable users to organise their data and gain much more from it. TNA downloads lots of fields - BNA would only need about 5 to be amazingly useful.

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  15. Include all available pages in search

    In the refibe search > date panel some dates are not shown for some newspapers. However, the papers exist in the archive as they can be accessed by typing in the date and page number in the address bar. However, accessing the pages this way means it is not possible to download the pdf. Can you include all dates of available papers in the refine search section or allow downlaoding of papges acessed by typing date into address bar.

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  16. numbers of articles

    It would be most helpful to have some kind of running total of the numbers of articles consulted/saved

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  17. export searches

    Export newpaper, date, article title, abstract, group saved in, researcher comments into an .xls or .csv file for further analysis. I am a citizen reseasrcher not at an institution.

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  18. In saved items, to be able to search on publication/date/other terms within the saved items

    In saved items, to be able to search on publication/date/other terms within the saved items

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  20. How can you search for articles in saved items

    I have found lots of useful articles but when I save the paper to my Saved items when I go back to the paper the specific article is no longer highlighted. I can't find the articles. How can I search for a term again in the saved papers. It makes all the searching I did a waste of time and I have to do it all again?

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