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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.
    The Weapons of the Spirit III. Miserere MeiLocked
    The Catholic Worker 1 January 1943
    93%
  2. 2.
    Principles for thinking about Sisters’ habitsLocked
    National Catholic Reporter 20 January 1965
    92%
  3. 3.
    REFLECTIONS ON VATICAN II Steady movement toward a great transitionLocked
    National Catholic Reporter 28 October 1964
    91%
  4. 4.
    THEINKING IT OVER Bitrchers are for realLocked
    National Catholic Reporter 16 December 1964
    91%
  5. 5.
    91%
  6. 7.
    THE PROTESTANT WORLD The Churches reach and unreach the islandsLocked
    National Catholic Reporter 28 October 1964
    90%
  7. 8.
    Anger, dismay mark final week of sessionLocked
    National Catholic Reporter 25 November 1964
    90%
  8. 9.
    WASHINGTON BACKGROUND WILL BAUBLES DROWN THE DREAM?Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 9 December 1964
    90%
  9. 10.
    Democratic structures in the ChurchLocked
    National Catholic Reporter 16 December 1964
    90%
  10. 11.
    A different view of the councilLocked
    National Catholic Reporter 17 February 1965
    90%
  11. 12.
    OLD AND NEW Was Teilhard de Chardin a racint?Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 11 November 1964
    90%
  12. 13.
    OLD AND NEW Creeping papalismLocked
    National Catholic Reporter 25 November 1964
    90%
  13. 14.
    Background episodes in the religious liberty debateLocked
    National Catholic Reporter 25 November 1964
    90%
  14. 15.
    BY SISTER THOMAS MORE, C.S.J. If I were a retreat masterLocked
    National Catholic Reporter 16 December 1964
    90%
  15. 16.
    SPEAKING OF TELEVISION STATE OF THE MEDIUMLocked
    National Catholic Reporter 13 January 1965
    90%
  16. 17.
    Loretto chapter: a move to renewalLocked
    National Catholic Reporter 20 January 1965
    90%
  17. 18.
    THINKING IT OVER Morals and politicsLocked
    National Catholic Reporter 27 January 1965
    90%
  18. 19.
    WOMENLocked
    National Catholic Reporter 27 January 1965
    90%
  1. 1.
    Page 4Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 11 November 1964
    98%
  2. 2.
    Page 4Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 9 December 1964
    97%
  3. 3.
    Page 3Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 9 December 1964
    96%
  4. 4.
    Page 9Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 3 February 1965
    96%
  5. 5.
    Page 10Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 23 December 1964
    95%
  6. 6.
    Page 5Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 9 December 1964
    95%
  7. 7.
    Page 4Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 3 February 1965
    94%
  8. 8.
    Page 3Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 23 December 1964
    94%
  9. 9.
    Page 1Locked
    The Catholic Transcript 6 November 1958
    94%
  10. 10.
    Page 12Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 2 December 1964
    93%
  11. 11.
    Page 4Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 16 December 1964
    93%
  12. 12.
    Page 2Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 13 January 1965
    93%
  13. 13.
    Page 7Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 28 October 1964
    93%
  14. 14.
    Page 9Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 10 February 1965
    93%
  15. 15.
    Page 9Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 28 October 1964
    93%
  16. 16.
    Page 10Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 4 November 1964
    93%
  17. 17.
    Page 9Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 16 December 1964
    93%
  18. 18.
    Page 6Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 9 December 1964
    93%
  19. 19.
    Page 11Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 16 December 1964
    93%
  20. 20.
    Page 7Locked
    National Catholic Reporter 27 January 1965
    93%

Text correction statistics

Number of users: 257
Number of users who have corrected text: 61
Total number of lines of text corrected: 93,306

Completely correct

Blocks
8,154
of 6,677,640
0.1%
Articles
1,010
of 981,039
0.1%
Pages
72
of 546,362
0.0%
Issues
2
of 24,825
0.0%

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