Historical newspaper content is among researchers’ most sought-after primary source material. With more than 45 premier historical titles, ProQuest Historical Newspapers is the definitive newspaper digital archive empowering researchers to digitally travel back through centuries to become eyewitnesses to history.
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Every issue of each title includes the complete paper, cover-to-cover, with full-page and article images in easily downloadable PDF format. Researchers can study the progression of issues over time through these historical newspaper pages, including articles, photos, advertisements, classified ads, obituaries, editorial cartoons, and so much more. The full collection of ProQuest Historical Newspapers™ contains more than 35 million digitized pages.
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When the ProQuest Historical Newspapers program was launched over 15 years ago, all newspapers were digitized at the article-level. This means that every page of newspaper content was “zoned” into its distinct articles and other component parts (editorials, advertisements, cartoons, etc.), and each of those component parts was then run through OCR and treated as an individual entity in the database.
Beginning in 2016, some new historical newspaper titles in the ProQuest Historical Newspapers program are being digitized at the page-level. This means that the full-page image is run through OCR, and the full page of content is stored in its entirety in the database. This article examines the differences between article-level and page-level digitization in searching, search results, and content display.
While there are differences between article-level and page-level digitization process, most users will not notice any difference in searching or search result interpretation. All portions of every page are full-text searchable regardless of the treatment. All ProQuest Historical Newspaper titles are fully cross-searchable with other historical newspapers, contemporary newspapers, and non-newspaper content on the ProQuest Platform. In addition, the new page-level images are high-resolution 400dpi greyscale searchable PDF files that offer end users exciting new capabilities.