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Getting started

When issues are prepared for display online, Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software is used to generate searchable text. OCR enables searching of large quantities of full-text data, but it is never 100% accurate. The level of accuracy depends on the print quality of the original issue, its condition at the time of microfilming, the level of detail captured by the microfilm scanner, and the quality of the OCR software. Issues with poor quality paper, small print, mixed fonts, multiple column layouts, or damaged pages may have poor OCR accuracy.

OCR text correction allows members of the public to help improve the searchability of this collection by correcting errors in the text of the digitized newspapers. Saving these corrections to the collection database improves the accuracy of the text, which enables better search results and a richer experience for all users.

We welcome new contributors to our OCR text correction community. Anyone can participate as long as they have created an account and logged in.

OCR text corrections are saved to the database and will improve the service for all users by increasing the accuracy of search results.

There are two ways you can begin to correct text. From the document viewer:

  • Select the article or page you want to correct. This will display the text in the left pane of the document viewer. Click on the "Correct this text" link that appears above this text.
  • Right-click on the article or page image and select "Correct article text" or "Correct page text" from the options pop-up window.

The text correction interface is split into two parts: the right side shows the page images that make up the document, and the left side is used for editing the lines of text.

When you move your mouse over the page images in the right pane, the blocks making up the pages will highlight. You can scroll this view by dragging with the mouse, or zoom in/out using the buttons above the viewer. Clicking a highlighted block will select it and load a form for editing that block into the left pane.

Correct the text line by line. A red box is displayed in the right pane to help you determine what text should be included in the line. Once you have finished correcting text, click "Save". The changes you make will take effect immediately.

You can then make further corrections to the same block, move onto the next block by clicking the "Save & next" or "Next" button, select another block in the right pane, or exit the text correction view by clicking the "Return to viewing mode" link.

Clicking "Save & exit" instead of "Save" will save the changes and then return you to the normal viewing mode automatically.

Hint: Many web browsers include spell checking functionality and this can assist with your text correction by identifying misspelt words. If your web browser does not have this functionality, it's likely there is a spell checking add-on available (see your web browser's help for information on how to install add-ons).

For recommendations about topics such as punctuation, misspellings and illegible text, see General guidelines for text correction.

These are the items in the collection that are the most complete — please help to finish them.

  1. 1.
    OLD AND NEW Money and liberty: power over the purseLocked
    National Catholic Reporter 28 October 1964
    90%
  2. 2.
    Miss Griffith Resigning Post In Diocesan Service OfficeLocked
    The Catholic Transcript 2 January 1958
    88%
  3. 3.
    THE STATELocked
    The Catholic Transcript 10 September 1925
    85%
  4. 4.
    MOVIE REVIEWLocked
    Pittsburgh Catholic 1 December 2006
    85%
  5. 5.
    Optimism tempered by apprehension as Fathers gatherLocked
    National Catholic Reporter 15 September 1965
    85%
  6. 6.
    Ukrainians Preserve Byzantine TraditionLocked
    The Catholic Transcript 8 December 1978
    84%
  7. 7.
    repartee NCR too sensationalLocked
    National Catholic Reporter 4 November 1964
    83%
  8. 8.
    REFLECTIONS ON THE COUNCIL Some issues behind The IssueLocked
    National Catholic Reporter 11 November 1964
    83%
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    83%
  10. 10.
    CARDINAL LEGER 'Conjugal love is holy'Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 11 November 1964
    83%
  11. 11.
    CARDINAL SUENENS 'No more Galileos’Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 11 November 1964
    83%
  12. 12.
    CARDINAL ALFRINK ‘An honest doubt arises’Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 11 November 1964
    83%
  13. 13.
    repartee More national parithetLocked
    National Catholic Reporter 18 November 1964
    83%
  14. 14.
    New deal for nuns urged as council discusses ordersLocked
    National Catholic Reporter 18 November 1964
    83%
  15. 15.
    repartee Anglican, Roman ‘Galileos’Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 25 November 1964
    83%
  16. 16.
    Los Angeles — another quarter heard fromLocked
    National Catholic Reporter 25 November 1964
    83%
  17. 17.
    OLD AND NEW Racism in the ChurchLocked
    National Catholic Reporter 2 December 1964
    83%
  18. 18.
    repartee The marriage debateLocked
    National Catholic Reporter 2 December 1964
    83%
  19. 19.
    Pio NonoLocked
    National Catholic Reporter 9 December 1964
    83%
  20. 20.
    INTERVIEW WITH ARCHBISHOP RAMSEY ANGLICAN VIEWOF THE COUNCILLocked
    National Catholic Reporter 9 December 1964
    83%
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    Page 4Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 11 November 1964
    98%
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    Page 4Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 7 April 1965
    97%
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    Page 8Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 3 March 1965
    97%
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    Page 8Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 25 November 1964
    97%
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    Page 8Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 6 January 1965
    97%
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    Page 8Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 28 October 1964
    97%
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    Page 8Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 20 January 1965
    97%
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    Page 8Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 24 February 1965
    97%
  9. 9.
    Page 1Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 28 October 1964
    97%
  10. 10.
    Page 4Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 9 December 1964
    97%
  11. 11.
    Page 4Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 3 February 1965
    97%
  12. 12.
    Page 1Locked
    The Catholic Transcript 2 January 1958
    97%
  13. 13.
    Page 10Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 25 November 1964
    97%
  14. 14.
    Page 8Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 24 March 1965
    97%
  15. 15.
    Page 8Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 31 March 1965
    97%
  16. 16.
    Page 3Locked
    The Catholic Transcript 16 April 1959
    97%
  17. 17.
    Page 12Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 2 December 1964
    96%
  18. 18.
    Page 1Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 31 March 1965
    96%
  19. 19.
    Page 4Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 10 March 1965
    96%
  20. 20.
    Page 9Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 28 April 1965
    96%

Text correction statistics

Number of users: 395
Number of users who have corrected text: 73
Total number of lines of text corrected: 187,221

Completely correct

Blocks
19,753
of 8,830,083
0.2%
Articles
3,135
of 1,469,684
0.2%
Pages
416
of 620,603
0.1%
Issues
28
of 30,058
0.1%

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