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Using Chronicling America Podcast Series

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In collaboration with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of CongressNational Digital Newspaper Program in Ohio staff at the Ohio Historical Society developed a series of video podcasts to teach you how to access the rich content available on Chronicling America. The 11-episode series is available through the Ohio Historical Society’s YouTube Channel.

Episodes

Podcasts 2-9 will provide the basics for using the website. For more advanced search tips, check out Podcast 10 (Overcoming Historical Language Barriers & Learning Alternatives to Controlled Vocabulary) and Podcast 11 (Understanding Keyword Searching). These will help you understand why the results you want do not always show up the way you expect.

Click on the episode titles below for more information about each podcast. To access the videos on YouTube, click on the “View” buttons. Transcripts are also available.

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Learn about the background and goals of the podcast series and meet the hosts.

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Hosted by Jenni Salamon & Kaylie Vermillion

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Wondering what you can find on Chronicling America? Watch this video to see how you can access digitized newspaper pages published between 1836 and 1922, information about United States newspapers published between 1690 and now and information about the National Digital Newspaper Program.

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Hosted by Jenni Salamon

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Learn how to find out which papers are available on the website and how to access them through the site’s “All Digitized Newspapers 1836-1922″ feature. Not sure what to browse or search for but interested in exploring some of America’s historic newspapers? View this podcast to learn all about Recommended Topics, a feature that highlights fads, events, people, holidays, sports and many more subjects that were commonly covered by newspapers available on the website.

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Hosted by Kaylie Vermillion

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Ready to do a search? Watch this podcast to learn how to use the “Search Pages” (basic search) feature of Chronicling America. You will also learn more about how newspapers are selected for the website.

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Hosted by Jenni Salamon

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Learn how to work with your search results, including how to use the “Gallery” and “List” viewing options and how to sort your results in multiple ways. Also understand how search results are determined to be more or less relevant.

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Hosted by Jenni Salamon

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The “Advanced Search” feature allows you to get even more out of this resource by eliminating irrelevant results. See how you can limit your results to newspaper pages from the states, titles and dates of your choosing and learn when to use which search boxes (“any”, “all”, “phrase”, “proximity”).

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Hosted by Kaylie Vermillion

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Get a closer look at your search results with the image-viewing screen. The video will show you what information is available on this screen and demonstrate how to use the navigation and image-viewing options.

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Hosted by Jenni Salamon

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Want to view your newspaper image close up? Watch this video to learn how to use the zoom and full-screen view features (available through the image-viewing screen).

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Hosted by Jenni Salamon

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Learn how to print images, whether it’s the whole page or just one article, with citation information.

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Hosted by Jenni Salamon

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Wondering why your search terms aren’t showing up in Chronicling America? View this podcast to learn about historical language barriers and using alternatives to controlled vocabulary so you can get the most out of your searches.

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Hosted by Jenni Salamon

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Sometimes the search terms you type into Chronicling America don’t always match your search results. View this podcast to find out why and learn more about keyword searching.

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Hosted by Kaylie Vermillion

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Download a copy of the Using Chronicling America Podcast Series Handout – provides introductory information, list of episodes and links to videos on YouTube.

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