Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tuesday's Tip - Chronicling America - Historic Newspapers at the Library of Congress

I've still got 17 minutes (give or take) left in Tuesday, and though I should probably be trying to sleep, I'm noodling around looking at historic newspapers online. And I stumbled across something that inspired me to write a quick Tuesday's Tip post.

I've been aware the Library of Congress's Chronicling America project for some time, but haven't done much active searching until tonight - mainly due to lack of content I'm interested in. But tonight I discovered the content has been greatly expanded since my last visit. I love how easy to search this site is, the resulting displays are easy to read, and there are some great features for downloading content easily.

I hit the "Advanced Search" screen, where I can first limit by state or specific paper, as well as by date range. There are also several boxes for text searching that correspond to standard Boolean search options: OR, AND, phrase, and proximity.

The results list is easy to read, giving you a snapshot of the page with search terms highlighted.

From each newspaper page, you can zoom in and out, navigate to other pages in the issue, or download PDF or JP2 files.

My favorite feature is the "clipping". Zoom in on the page to an article of interest, click the "clip image" button, and you get a snapshot of your zoomed article (complete with stable link) that can be printed or downloaded.

There are links to LC's U.S. Newspaper Directory (1690-present), making it easy to look up information about a particular paper. And if the digitized paper is included in Chronicling America, there are links to the digital content.

My biggest regret is that there isn't more content in some of the states I'm interested in, but I have high hopes that more newspaper content will be forthcoming on this site.

1 comment:

  1. From one person fighting bedtime to another, thanks for the tip! If only there were more hours in the day, eh?