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  1. ability to correct or cancel a search name/word

    As I discover the correct spelling of my subject's name, I correct it by one letter and press Search. But when the entire list returns, the old name is still there, cluttering up the list. If I delete the name entirely, it still reappears. Please allow us to cancel or adjust permanently.

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  2. Use Google OCR and resubmit all pages through it.

    Using Google OCR gives an almost flawless image to text conversion. I think you are using the hopeless Tesseract. I suggest you collaborate with Google, and resubmit all the pages already done, the improvements will be enormous. As an example the Keith Waterhouse column in Daily Mirror 1978_08_10 page 8, gives an utter garbled output. The first section that comes out of Google OCR without any manual corrections is.
    My hit that missed..
    THAT splendid actor Jack Hedley, in an interview about the making of the BBC serial "Who Pays the

    Ferryman?" tells of the mysterious influence that the island…

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  3. let me know if a specific date of a specific paper is available

    I look for weekly articles.
    if I cannot find by keyword I am prepared to scan the paper for my article.
    this is difficult if I do not know if the paper exists.
    how can I find out?

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  4. Correct OCR displaying the Long s as an f

    In the older newspapers its difficult to find keywords that include the letter s.

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  5. enlarge for printing

    ability to select and enlarge articles for printing

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  6. Obituaries

    Despite entering someone's name, the requested info does not appear even though it should. Could there not be a possibility of showing deaths/marriages as a collection?

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  7. 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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  8. Newport & Market Drayton Advertiser

    You have put it in the wrong county. it should be Shropshire - not isle of Wight

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  9. Setting search options as personal defaults.

    Ideally, we should be able to set options for searching withouth having to reset every time we open up. As an historian I find it is frustrating that the default option is 'relevance' when 'date earliest' would be better. Recently, the website has taken to reverting to relevance at the drop of a hat which is frustrating in the extreme.

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  10. Make bookmarked articles sortable

    It would be really useful to be able to sort bookmarked articles in the same way you can search results. Like a lot of researchers, I bookmark a lot of articles for future reference and find it frustrating that they are saved in the order you bookmarked them with no way of re-sorting them. The search function for bookmarked articles is very useful, but it would be great to be able to sort alphabetically and by article date as well.

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  11. Better searches

    How is it I can find an article with an exact phrase e.g. John Smith of Kendal yet when I type this exact phrase in the exact order in the search box the article with this exact phrase isn't the first article or infact any of the articles on the search results? Useless, I know theres a alot of articles of interst but the search engine isnt good enough to let me find them, this is frustrating!!

    5 votes
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  12. 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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  13. Provide more geographic search options, eg by county & by more towns

    Search by place include options for small towns like Tadcaster but not a large town like Croydon, it allows search by London but not for counties.

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  14. A charge to view !.....

    We should not have to pay to view, New Zealand has Paperspast all free to view, so come on UK get with the times

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  15. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. Make drop-down list of bookmarks alphabetical

    When I try to assign an existing bookmark to a new article, the drop-down list is seemingly in random order (perhaps of date created) rather than alphabetical. This leads to endless scrolling and trying to find the right one - even if I can remember if it exists - and often the creation of similar duplicate bookmarks. Can the drop-down list be made to appear alphabetically, as it does in the side bar?

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  20. Allow name search for names ending in 's' without it being assumed to be plural

    There needs to be some mechanism to allow names that end in 's' to be searched without it being assumed it is the plural of that word. I have been searching for 'Lunds', a place in Yorkshire, but it always includes the word 'Lund' even with quotation marks. Allowing a search for names ending in 's' would dramatically reduce the number of results and speed up a search.

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