Getting Started


There are two ways to find a particular page you may be interested in; namely via Search or via Browse.

SEARCH: A simple “Google” type Search box is present on the home and search pages. An additional Advanced Search form combines several powerful options to help refine your search. These include keyword(s), date, region, title, article type and tags that other users have added. The results are listed, 10 per page, in the centre results panel. A series of filters also appear on the left hand navigation panel and can be selected until the required results appear in the results panel. Read our Search Tips for more detailed advice on searching.

We use what is known as a fuzzy search, first matching the exact spelling of the word that you enter (e.g. archive), plus any related word variants (archived, archives, archiving etc.). This captures a broader set of results. When ordered by relevance, the search results that contain the exact matches will always appear first.

Using the ‘Exact Search’ checkbox

Please select the ‘Exact Search’ checkbox below the search box. This will exclude any related word variants from your search results. For example:

BROWSE:Not sure where to start? Browse the archive by indexed 'date', 'article type' and 'public tag' filters or use them to refine your keyword search for more accurate results. 

VIEW: When you have narrowed down your selection by either of the above methods, just click on the thumbnail of the pages shown in the results panel and it will appear in the viewer. Once the Viewer appears, you can move through the newspaper pages using a mixture of zoom, scrolling and grab tools.

The Viewer contains print and download image options. There are also engaging features allowing you to add a comment or tag to a page to help contextualise it. However, perhaps the most useful tool is Bookmarking. This enables you to save and organise your research into a series of folders in your “My Research” area (accessible via the top navigation tabs).

SEARCHABLE TEXT: Once images of the original material have been created, they are sent through a process called Optical Character Recognition (OCR) which creates the electronic text in a searchable format. This process also involves segmenting each page into article types to aid searching. Although OCR makes it possible to search large quantities of full text information it is not 100% accurate. The accuracy depends on a variety of factors: condition of the original newspaper or microfilm, quality of the paper, size and style of the font and column layouts, for example.

When viewing an image, the OCR text can be viewed via the left nav All Articles option. You can select an individual article and then select Show Article text and the text. This addictive option can be accessed by simply clicking the list of sections displayed and applying your own corrections. By correcting the text, you will be adding to the quality of the data that can be searched by others. Please note that during the launch period updates to corrections will take longer to appear.