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This blog is maintained by the staff of the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center and features highlights from the collections at DigitalNC, an online library of primary sources from institutions across North Carolina.

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12 Days of NCDHC: Day 2 – Newspapers Advanced Search

This holiday season join us here on the blog for the 12 Days of NCDHC. We’ll be posting short entries that reveal something you may not know about us. You can view all of the posts together by clicking on the 12daysofncdhc tag. And, as always, chat with us if you have questions or want to work with us on something new. Happy Holidays!

Day 2: Newspapers Advanced Search 

A screenshot showing the text input boxes and different filter options on the newspapers advanced searchWe’re adding more newspapers on an almost weekly basis, and the collection currently holds over 1.2 million pages. With so much text, searches can be a lot more successful if you use the Newspapers Advanced Search where you can do multiple kinds of searches:

  • Any of the words – example: the words Barry OR Allen somewhere on the page
  • All of the words – example: the words Barry AND Allen somewhere on the page
  • Phrase search – example: Barry Allen right next to each other
  • Proximity search – example: the words Barry and Allen when they are within 5 (or 10, or 50, or 100) words of each other

In addition to these choices for what you’re searching on, you can narrow down your search in the following ways:

  • by year
  • by type (our newspaper titles are currently categorized as community papers, student papers, and African-American papers)
  • by county
  • by title(s)

There are a couple of ways to get to the Newspapers Advanced Search but the fastest is to either bookmark the link or to go to the Newspapers landing page and click the link in the upper right.

Screenshot of the newspapers landing page with a red arrow pointing to a link that says "Advanced Search"

The Advanced Search is a great way to find someone by name, or to search through all of the newspapers we have on DigitalNC from a particular county. We recommend it all the time when a regular keyword search isn’t doing the trick.

Check back on Tuesday as we reveal Day 3 of the 12 Days of NCDHC!


12 Days of NCDHC: Day 1 – Partner Landing Pages

This holiday season our staff brainstormed about things we feel many of our current or potential partners may not know about us! We don’t mean that we love YoPo and baby yoda (though we do). We mean services we provide, or projects we’ll take on, or tools our partners can use to get the best out of their DigitalNC collections. So for the next two weeks join us here on the blog for the 12 Days of NCDHC. We’ll be posting short entries that reveal something you may not know about us. You can view all of the posts together by clicking on the 12daysofncdhc tag. And, as always, chat with us if you have questions or want to work with us on something new. Happy Holidays!

Day 1: Each of our Partner Institutions Has Its Own Landing Page

When we partner with a cultural heritage organization to scan items from their collections, the images and information all go into DigitalNC.org where everything can be searched together. BUT, there’s also a quick and easy way to find just what we’ve scanned from any particular institution – their landing page. If you click on any of the contributor names on this page you’ll get to their landing page, which will look something like this:

Screenshot of Edgecombe County Memorial Library's landing page, with links to parts of their collection and a map showing their location

From the landing page you can search or browse just that organization’s scanned collections. It’s a great way to narrow down your search. There are also links to blog posts related to that organization and links back to their own web presence. If you’re a current partner, we hope you’ll link to your landing page on your own website.

Check back on Monday as we reveal Day 2 of the 12 Days of NCDHC!