Thursday, December 16, 2010

New Features on National Library of Australia's Trove

The National Library of Australia's Trove Search Portal has some new features. According to the Site News for 16 December 2010:
  • A very useful new feature is the ability to create web feeds to alert researchers when new items based on their search terms are added to Trove. I have already created a few for some of my ancestors names. All you need to do is search for the terms you want using the simple search or advanced search. At the bottom of the search results page you will see the 'Subscribe to this web feed' link. Click that link to create a web feed for the terms you searched for. You will then be alerted via your web feed reader (e.g. Google Reader) when a new item is added to Trove which meets the search criteria you specified. You can learn more about how to use web feeds here.
  • You can now request to be alerted by email when an article that was "coming soon" is added to Trove. Often when you search Trove you will see that some articles that meet you search criteria are not yet available. You can now request to be alerted by email (rather than web feed) when that particular article becomes available. 
  • The advanced search now allows researchers to limited their search results to items available at specific repositories. 
  • A page of statistics now shows a partial list of libraries and other organisations who have contributed data to Trove.  
  • You can now browse the Australian Women's Weekly by covers with The Australian Women's Weekly Visual Timeline
The Australian Women's Weekly Visual Timeline

Previous changes to Trove in November which you may find useful include:
  • When looking at a digitised newspaper or magazine article you will now see a new selection of buttons in the top left hand corner of the screen - Print, PDF, JPG, TXT, Cite and Buy. 

  • Several of these buttons are for features which have previously existed (Print, PDF and JPG). 
  • The 'TXT' button gives you the ability to download Optical Character Recognition (OCR) text for  articles quickly and easily. This saves the awkwardness of copying and pasting the text from the correction box. Previously, I often found I copied the line 'Fix this text' along with the article whenever I tried to copy and paste the OCR text into a word processor. This feature should be extremely useful. 
  • The 'Cite' button is another useful feature. Click on it and you will be presented with a pop-up window giving citations for the article you are looking at formatted in various commonly used citation formats (APA, MLA, Harvard/Australia and Wikipedia formats). 
  • The 'Buy' button presents you with the opportunity to purchase higher quality/larger sized copies of newspaper pages through the National Library of Australia Copies Direct service. 
  • And don't forget the previously existing features - lists, tags, comments and text correction!
A great way to keep up-to-date with news from Trove is to follow @TroveAustralia on Twitter

And on another note, Ancestry.com.au have recently released a collection of NSW gaol records in association with the State Records Office of New South Wales. The Collection is titled: New South Wales, Australia, Gaol Description and Entrance Books, 1818-1930. Ancestry states that "This collection contains records from: Albury (1876-1929), Armidale (1894-1915), Bathurst (1874-1930), Berrima (1883-1888), Biloela (1885-1906), Broken Hill (1904-1929), Darlinghurst (1869-1914), Deniliquin (1895-1929), Dubbo (1889-1920), Goulburn (1884-1930), and Trial Bay (1892-1901)." Follow @AncestryComAu on Twitter for the latest news from Ancestry.com.au.

The third season of Australia's Who Do You Think You Are? is now playing on SBS at 7:30 pm on Sundays. The first three episodes have been very interesting and I am looking forward to seeing more.

Happy Researching!

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