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: Digital Library Initiatives

Difficulty: More experienced

Mount Isa, Western Queensland

The first newspaper aimed at a Mount Isa readership was the Mount Isa Standard, printed in Brisbane at the Coronation Printery and published weekly from January 22, 1948 – August 19, 1949. Before then Mt Isa news appeared as its own column in several newspapers, inc. Bowen, Cloncurry, Townsville and several Brisbane newspapers. This list of articles  covers family history, land sales, mining news, and social aspects of the community such as local sports meets, cinema, the RSL and crime, weaving together a narrative of life in the Isa in the 20th century.

Start here: Scroll through this list and choose articles you'd like to correct.
Difficulty: Beginner​​​​​​​
Progress: Newly added  - 150 articles

Her Noble Share

This list of articles honours the contribution of Queensland women during the First World War period of 1914-1918, both at the home front and the war front. Fundraising efforts, anti-conscription protests and raising families at home were all part of their daily lives as seen documented in the newspaper articles from across Queensland newspapers.

Start here: Scroll through this list and choose articles you'd like to correct.​​​​​​​
Difficulty: Beginner​​​​​​​
Progress: About 50% to go

WW1 Hospitals

The list pertains to articles found in Queensland newspapers about hospitals and the wounded during the First World War. The number of wounded soldiers meant hospitals at home and abroad were in the news daily. Stories of hope and trauma, tragedy, innovation and people coming together to support the troops and each other are all seen in these newspaper articles.

Start here: Scroll through this list and choose articles you'd like to correct.​​​​​​​
Difficulty: Beginner​​​​​​​
​​​​​​​Progress: About 50% to go

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