Published on May 6, 2014
Making the best use of Trove Ben Pratten 1
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
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
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
Start broad, then refine 27
Make friends with quotation marks • Phrase search – Put search terms in quotation marks e.g. “Tom Smith” 29
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
List making • 6690 Trove users • 32,453 public lists • 525,591 items 53
all Lists 54
Beyond Trove… 55
Keeping up to date 66
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