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  1. You need to make it easier to search for things

    I wanted drama reviews of the Liverpool Echo for Feb 1955. There was no way at all to specify this. Thousands of results, all of which has one of the numbers of the date in them. Utterly pointless.

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  2. Add a “negative bookmark” facility

    When searching, you often find many copies of the same article or advert in different newspapers - and then spend some time choosing the best one to bookmark. It would be useful to be able to label the “rejected” ones so you know you have already looked at them. This could simply be a second type of bookmark in another colour, say. (Even better would be to then be able to exclude these articles from future searches.)

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  4. 8 votes
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  5. Provide technical feedback on a selected extract

    Although there is provision to "add a comment" on a selected extract, there is no user-friendly invitation to add technical feedback. e.g. if the extract is illegible.

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  6. 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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  7. 7 votes
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  8. Can a secondary search facility be added to allow searches only within the initial group?

    Can a secondary search facility be added to allow searches only within the initial group of records? Words which are almost certain to be in the article would determine the first group. Then, perhaps after filtering, secondary searches of that group can be made for possible words or phrases.

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  9. Sometimes the template applied to a page does not match the underlying text

    When I search for Whipp 1 Sept 1910 Portsmouth Evening News, only about half the article appears to be digitised so show article text is not helpful in retrieving OCR text. Portsmouth EN seems to be more problematic than most

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  10. Can I limit my search to only the London Times?

    I would like to limit my search to a specific newspaper.

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  11. It would be useful to have 'letters' as a category to search for

    I think at present letters to the editor are listed under 'Articles' but it would be useful if they were their own sub-section. Would be useful for researchers interested in local feeling on particular topics

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  12. I am trying to create a shipbuilding timeline and find it so frustrating that search results are not listed in date order. It's so obvious

    Please list search hits in date order, not just random results, many of which are duplicates.

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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. Way better search functions if you are going to charge for your services

    Make it possible to search using YOUR digital folder and image number. I have both of those items but cannot use them on this site. Pitiful. My first experience here has, so far, left me with no interest in your paid services.

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  16. I've made suggestions before, though without feedback or apparent listening.

    The Athenaeum

    The Literary Gazette

    It would be useful to nighthawks like me if you could provide a way which helps us distinguish exactly what has been added overnight. It would also be interesting to have some idea about policy for adding entire newspapers, once the odd year or two have been posted. It can sometimes be very frustrating just to have such tiny windows into particular localities, then have to wait months, if not years, before further years suddenly appear.

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  17. Need to improve the Search Facility. e.g. Known articles appearing in the NORTHERN ECHO cannot be located.

    Need to improve the Search Facility. e.g. Known articles appearing in the NORTHERN ECHO cannot be located.

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  18. 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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  19. Better search engine

    The search engine on the Newspaper archive is too complicated

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  20. Enable download of an item or part of a page in a way that preserves the full reference to the paper edition, eg as with Kansas newspapers.

    http://‎kansashistoricalopencontent.newspapers.com enables users to easily select part of a page and save it to a PDF file which contains the reference source for the edition. This facilitates organisation and retrieval of downloaded files.

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