Search improvements

How can we improve the way you find and search our newspapers?

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  1. 7 votes
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      2 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • 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

      9 votes
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      • window 8

        It seems that I cannot load the text when using Windows 8. I can only download who pdf pages which I have to manually transpose into useable text. There will be more and more people using this operating this system. How about updating for us?

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        • I frequently wish to search for a particular address, such as 114a

          I frequently wish to search for a particular address, such as "114A East Street". Even when doing an advanced search for that particular string of characters, I am offered thousands of false hits that may contain the word "a". Is there a way I can tell the search engine I really, really mean that particular string of characters ONLY. Clicking the "Exact search" box does nothing to help.

          13 votes
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          • Better search engine

            The search engine on the Newspaper archive is too complicated

            6 votes
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            • Wildcard Search

              We need a better search facility - the current transcriptions are often horrifically off the mark. It might even help to have a wildcard option to try and incorporate all the random letters supposedly appearing in the middle of names.

              24 votes
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              • Be able to only show article titles and dates without pictures or any content after a search

                Article titles with content and pictures take up too much space in some cases. By providing an option to only show titles and dates it would be easier to select out the most promising articles.

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                • 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.

                  12 votes
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                    2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Search on file name

                    After downloading the file is assigned a file number. It would be helpful to search using this number in order to get back to page on the site.

                    2 votes
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                    • Sorting results by date

                      Right now, one can sort by date, but only most recent to oldest. I normally want to sort from oldest to most recent, but can't tell how to do it or if it can be done. Thanks.

                      4 votes
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                      • RSS feed for search terms

                        An RSS feed for search terms, such as exists on the Australian Trove website, would be very useful. If it existed, I'd be notified automatically when new content appears which is relevant to my interests.

                        3 votes
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                        • Stop automatically changing and to AND

                          The word 'and' forms part of many phrases and names. If I am searching for the Crown and Thistle PH I am only interested in the phrase, not every page that contains both words.

                          4 votes
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                            2 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Get alerts - Individual paper updates

                            I would like the ability to 'subscribe' to select papers. What this means is that I will be notified by email or message if my selected papers are updated with new issues, and notified which editions have been added. It would save logging in daily to see if the papers we are interested in have been updated and then trying to work out which issues.

                            13 votes
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                            • 2 votes
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                              • Gaps in runs

                                Flag any missing editions (gaps in the collection) when you search a run of dates of a particular paper.

                                3 votes
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                                • 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.

                                  6 votes
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                                  • Better Search Tool

                                    A better search tool is required. Today I have done an advances search for 1 street in a town and received almost 77,000 matches. There is no way all of these relate to the street and town I am searching for, the most relevant match relates to a birth in Cornwall whereas I'm looking for information on a street in a town in Scotland and it is impossible to wade through all of these matches.

                                    7 votes
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                                    • ...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.

                                      12 votes
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                                      • Better OCR

                                        Improve your character-recognition software: it really needs to recognise a long 's' .

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                                        • 8 votes
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