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Published on May 6, 2014

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Making the best use of Trove: Ben Pratten, National Library of Australia

Making the best use of Trove Ben Pratten 1

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Trove is… • National Library’s discovery service about Australia and for Australians • Almost 2000 organisations and over 300 million items – Not just libraries! (National Museum of Australia, research repositories, Monument Australia, Dairy Australia, Powerhouse Museum, ABC Radio National, etc, etc, etc!) 3

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Trove is not just newspapers 5

6 Cribb & Foote Department Store window display of Silktex Stockings Ipswich, 1920s. Picture reproduced courtesy of Picture Ipswich. http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/182302129

7 Memorandum and articles of association. http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/8462463 Pins, petticoats and ploughs : Cribb &​ Foote, universal providers to Ipswich and district from 1849 to 1977 by Keith Jarrott. http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/8407970 Address to shareholders delivered by the Chairman of Directors ... at the annual general meeting of shareholders of the Company, Cribb & Foote Limited.​ http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/23208540 Advertising fan of English countryside for Cribb & Foote, Ipswich, 1931. Image courtesy of Picture Ipswich http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/180656525 Ipswich in the 20th century by Robin Buchanan http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/169778266

8 Queensland Times (Ipswich) (QLD. : 1909-1954) Saturday 13 November 1937. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article124599 John Clarke Foote (1822-1895) John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland, ca. 1870, http://trove.nla.gov.au/work/36899035 Benjamin Cribb (1807-1874) Australian Dictionary of Biography http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1466179

More notable collections in Trove 9

The Australian Women’s Weekly 10

ABC Radio National 11

PANDORA Web Archive 12

Oral History recordings • Sir Jack Brabham 13

General Trove tips 14

Jackie French 15

Digitised Newspapers 16

17 Text correcting

Why correct text? • Text created through OCR is searched by Trove • OCR is not always accurate • Correcting the text improves accuracy of the text • Every correction improves search results for all users 18

Community involvement • 121 million lines corrected • Over 100,000 users • Range from 1 correction to 2 million + corrections 19

Community involvement • Text correction is free • No need to register • Registered users can: – See their correction history – Appear in the Hall of Fame 20

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What to do • Fix the OCR text so it matches what was published • Match the line of text to the same line on the image • Correcting names of people, places, organisations and dates are the most useful corrections 22

What not to do • Add text not in the original newspaper • Change the text from what was originally published • Move text so that it does not match the line it was originally in 23

Power searching in the Digitised Newspapers 24

Numbers • 123+ Million articles • 12+ Million pages • 660+ titles 25

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Start broad, then refine 27

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Make friends with quotation marks • Phrase search – Put search terms in quotation marks e.g. “Tom Smith” 29

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Near search • Put search terms in quotation marks, then use the tilde to specify a number e.g. “Tom Smith”~2 32

33 Tom Smith “Tom Smith” and “Tom Smith” ~2

34 “Tom Smith”~2 “Tom Smith”

Get Boolean • OR search – Search for articles containing either term e.g. “tom smith” OR “T E Smith” • AND search – Search for articles containing all terms e.g. (“tom smith” OR “T E Smith”) AND brenede 35

36 (“T E Smith” OR “Tom Smith”) AND brenede “Tom Smith” AND brenede

Finding common words as names • Near search –Use an honorific with the name e.g. “Mr White”~1 –Can add additional terms, such as place names 37

38 White “mr white”~1

Use a date • date:[yyyy TO yyyy] – Search between two years e.g. Gallipoli date:[1914 TO 1929] 39

Go wild* • * – Wildcard, search matches all words starting with the characters before the ‘*’ e.g. Chin* matches China, Chinese, Chinaman etc. 40

Other Trove features 41

‘Cite this’ 42

Comments 43

Tags 44

Lists 45

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47 http://trove.nla.gov.au/list?id=43805

48 http://nla.gov.au/nla.pic-vn6216779

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List making • 6690 Trove users • 32,453 public lists • 525,591 items 53

all Lists 54

Beyond Trove… 55

56 http://dhistory.org/querypic/

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60 http://dhistory.org/querypic/create

61 http://wraggelabs.com/shed/headline-roulette/

62 http://wraggelabs.com/shed/headline-roulette/cats/

63 https://twitter.com/TroveNewsBot

64 http://trovenewsbot.tumblr.com/

Treasure Explorer

Keeping up to date 66

67 RSS

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70 Coming Soon

71 News

@TroveAustralia 72

@nlagovau 73

74 Facebook

75 Blogs

Questions? 76

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