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Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Irish Newspaper Archives continues upgrade

Since giving us a demo of its new search facility back in October, Irish Newspaper Archive (INA) has continued to improve functionality and has added new titles.

The most recent additions have come from the Skibbereen Eagle, with editions for 1882-1883, 1885-1900, 1907, and 1909–1922 now uploaded (INA plans to fill the gaps as soon as possible but this work has not yet been scheduled). Issues of the Dundalk Democrat are expected to be added shortly.

There have also been a number of site improvements, among them an interactive map of the island through which you can discover the relevant titles for the county of interest.

A range of functionality improvements are also in the pipe, including:
  • Full Date Range Filter (dd/mm/yyyy - dd/mm/yyyy) for searching
  • Next and Previous Issue buttons for browsing
  • Multi-publication selection for searching
  • WebMail Form for emailing articles
These features should be live by the end of January. In the meantime, an improved virtual tour of the site is also in development.

If you were wondering about a Christmas gift for the family historian in your life, or want to drop hints of what you'd like to find under the tree next week, take a look at the INA's gift subscription on USB.