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  1. Filter by more than one region

    Filter results by more than one region. Events in the Southeast are likely to be in Southeast or London Papers

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  2. Save queries for future use

    I have been using the archive to carry out historical research. I would like to be able to save my query so that I can modify it from day to day - for example, I may only be interested in a particular date range and newspapers from a particular area so if I could store the query then it could act as a basis for searching for particular words or phrases without having to key in the dates and titles again.

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  3. Marking and copying text

    Why can't I mark text found on a page and copy it into a Word Doc? The NLA Trove system allows that here in Australia.

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  4. ...just better searching please.

    Make the search better. I often search on a group of words and despite using the advanced search function and putting the phrase into the correct field it doesn't always work correctly.

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  5. My Idea! Start again with a competent computer programmer.

    These newspapers are a fantastic resource. People are paying good money to be frustrated by a site that is completely user unfriendly. The front page may look flashy and up to date but the so-called improvements are a retrograde step.

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  6. 12 votes
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  7. Fix the advanced searching

    Advanced searching doesn't work at all. This is ridiculous. I can't find what I am after because the search results are complete garbage!

    11 votes
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  8. 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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  9. Improve date entry

    Other newspaper archives have a better date entry system where you can type in the year and day and month default to 'Any Month' etc .

    One feature that would need some programming work but would be very useful is if I enter the start date as 1850 then then the end date drop down list started at 1850. I might alternative be better if the drop down list worked opposite ways around i.e. start date at the earliest date available and end date started at the latest date available.

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  10. semantic search which recognises surnames, places etc

    The use of "" does not filter to surname only i.e. Brakes search comes up with all references to brakes.

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  11. Allow "Next Page" and/or "Page Number Selection" to Full Screen

    Unless I am missing something the only way to go to the "Next Page" in Full Screen View is to come out of that view

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  12. Get an OCR that actually works! Can't BNA figure that out?

    Replace your garbage OCR with something that actually works! A search for “Shower of Ants in Cambridgeshire” failed because the OCR rendered the text into this gibberish: "Pr.ov Lm CA A phenomenon lin jun occu rredat the • tars VM S orr A closet was &served to be peeling over, w anddeinis to bo eatoulatment of the villagers. It wee .eve to be auto and stattlar winged leant& Pe. pis and the grand snietheved with then, awl they swarmed in milli se. glory step taint .gushed hued ells of than."

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  13. Switch off boolean search operators

    Advanced search should offer a way to turn off boolean search operators like AND and OR. I am searching for an exact phrase that contains the word 'and', and it gets turned into the operator AND every time, making it very tricky to search for this phrase.

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  14. 9 votes
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  15. Historic Counties

    Search engine should be based on the historic counties using the post 1974 counties is confusing.

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  16. Replace the OCR engine

    It's well past time that the OCR engine was replaced with one fit for the 21st Century.
    The present one omits thousands, if not millions, of random words for no obvious reason, and not because the image is flawed, and often ignores the column boundaries. On many pages the OCR result is missing completely.
    A modern fit-for-purpose OCR engine would make a massive improvement.

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  17. Highlight the text searched for in the original newspaper - i.e. don't make us have to attempt to read an entire page in order to find it.

    Highlight the text searched for in the original newspaper - i.e. don't make us have to attempt to read an entire page of tiny text in order to find the term we searched for. This is what Newspapers.com does. Look at that website for tips on how to improve this one, searchwise. Look also at Trove for search tips to improve this. So far, this website is poor value.

    9 votes
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  18. Obsolete Welsh County - Clwyd

    The search facility only includes the obsolete county of Clwyd. The historical counties of flintshire and denbigh are ignored.

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  19. 8 votes
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  20. A clearer navigation route to display individual copies

    If one wants to view individual copies of a title, rather than conduct a word search, it's not at all obvious how to do this. There needs to be a top level button or text link saying something like: View Issues

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