Text correct newspapers in Trove

The National Library and all of the State and Territory libraries across Australia have been digitising newspapers and making them accessible on Trove. There are now 10 million newspaper pages available online. The digitised newspapers are transcribed electronically, however this process isn't 100% accurate due to the quality of the original newspapers or small text size. There's nothing as accurate as the human eye, so we need your help to correct them. By helping to fix the text of the newspaper, it's easier to search and a better resource for everyone!

You don't need to create an account to get started, but it's much easier if you do. Create an account or login to Trove. It's easy and only takes a minute.

Tips and tricks:
There are lots of excellent tips for text correcting newspapers on Trove that will help you out.

Get text correcting:
Choose one of the assignments below to get text correcting in Trove - all 1915 issues of The Queenslander newspaper or correcting a newspaper article published on your birthday.

The Queenslander newspaper 1915

Beginning in 2014, nations across the world will be remembering the lives of those who lived, fought and died in the First World War. Help State Library of Queensland and discover more about the lives of Queenslanders a century ago by text correcting articles in The Queenslander newspaper from 1915. Text correcting is easy and it helps researchers, family members and anyone interested in history to locate and tell stories from that time.

Text correct an interesting article for each day of World War One

For those who have been text-correcting for a while and are comfortable searching in Trove, this project gives you the freedom of choosing your own article to text-correct and the excitement of helping to shape the research in the lead up to the WW1 Centenary.

Step 1: Go to the Queensland newspapers section in Trove.

Step 2: Select a newspaper you'd like to search (this could be from your home town)

Step 3: Find an issue from this day (today) but during 1914, 1915, 1916, 1917, 1918 or 1919. Use the drop down menu and click on the corresponding month and day to get to the right newspaper.

Step 4: Once you're at the right newspaper find an interesting article and text-correct it.

Step 5: Once you've finished, email us the link: discovery@slq.qld.gov.au

Difficulty: More experienced

Agriculture across Queensland

Agriculture is a vital part of Queensland’s cultural history. Throughout our history, the agriculture industry has been a cornerstone of the economy and pivotal to the life stories of many Queenslanders.

This list of articles covers agricultural pursuits in Queensland from farming crops of fruit and sugar cane to rearing cattle and sheep, and the development of pastoral lands all across the state.

Start here: Scroll through this list and choose articles you'd like to correct.

Difficulty: Beginner

News from the North

These articles are from newspapers from the northern regions of Queensland, from Rockhampton, across to Longreach and anywhere above.

There is no official boundary that separates North Queensland from the rest of the state, however life in the northern half is characterised historically as remote with abundant resources and a distinctive regional identity. Through this collection of articles we can see what made the news for Queenslanders in the north a century ago.

Start here: Scroll through this list and choose articles you'd like to correct.

Difficulty: Beginner

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Email us at discovery@slq.qld.gov.au

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