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Web design files for NewspaperCat, the Catalog of Digital Historical Newspapers, was originally created in 2009-2010 with mini grant funding
from the George A. Smathers Libraries. The online catalog’s searchable portal at: http://ufdc.ufl.edu/hnccoll serves as a
finding aid linking researchers to over 2000 digital historical newspaper titles from North America and the Caribbean.
All of these titles are now searchable in OneSearch and the Library Catalog (Mango) further improving local access to
these important primary resources. Currently, the catalog provides the ability to search by newspaper title and by
geographic keyword (city, county or state).This mini grant application requests funding for the implementation of an
interactive map feature as well as geo/temporal search functionalities (now in development). In addition to improving
access, funds are requested to improve the breadth of the catalog by completing a project to add all Google Newspaper
Project titles, other large newspaper portal content and an initial test harvest of Chronicling America’s newspapers
Newspapers are a rich source of local and regional primary information and the ability to locate these materials online is
still an on-going problem for the researcher, historian and genealogist. The project team’s long-term goal is to make
NewspaperCat the one-stop catalog to locate freely available digital historical newspaper content. Over 130 Library
Guides nationwide and over 50 websites and blogs, including the Library of Congress and the National Library of
Australia, link to NewspaperCat. In addition, the resource recently won an American Library Association (RUSA/MARS)
Emerging Technologies in Reference, Best Free Reference Websites award.
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