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  1. Downloaded PDFs searchable

    The OCR - warts and all! - enables pages to be found - but when the PDF is downloaded it is just an image with no underlying OCR layer. Can the OCR not be included in the PDF?

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  2. A preview for the search results without having to go into the full page

    It would be much better if you could hover over an entry after a search and have a small preview pop up showing the context of the match to your search criteria. This would be highly effective in reducing the number of "red herring" matches that you often have to go through.

    53 votes
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  3. Improve Optical Character Recognition

    The existing OCR is poor. Many words are garbled, rendering search results meaningless

    77 votes
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  4. Some way of searching for two words NEAR each other rather than just both appearing or a phrase

    Some search systems have commands like NEAR4 to find two words with four words of each other.

    All too often a search for two words finds then in completely different parts of the page.

    41 votes
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  5. 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.

    11 votes
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  6. Remember my 'Sort results by' choice

    I would like 'Sort results by' to be 'sticky'. I nearly always select 'Date (earliest)' but have to keep resetting after it goes back to 'Relevance'

    Why is this text entry box only postage stamp size?

    13 votes
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  7. Allow users to search by title from main search box

    Sometimes I search for a newspaper title in the search box like Dundee Courier. You should automatically pick up on this and forward me to the Dundee Courier browsing area instead of showing me instances when the name appears in a newspaper. That would be more useful

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  8. make bookmarked pages visible in results lists

    It would be VERY helpful if previously bookmarked
    entries were flagged up in search results (tags are already shown).

    At the moment there is no easy way of doing multiple overlapping searches and accumulating a "superset" of all the items you found, or telling if a new search has simply found an entry that a previous search had already found.

    44 votes
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  9. Email me when you add new articles that match what I've searched for

    Like Genes Reunited's Hot Matches. I want to be told when you add something useful for me, so I don't have to try to find it myself.

    29 votes
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  10. We should be able to search only the newpapers that have been added most recently

    It would be great if there was a way to search only the newspapers that have been added in the last 30 / 60 / 90 days so it's easier to find new stories.

    130 votes
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