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Georgia Historic Newspapers

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The Georgia Historic Newspapers database is an outgrowth of the Georgia Newspaper Project managed by the University of Georgia Libraries. Since the early 1950s the UGA Libraries have made a systematic effort to identify and obtain copies of every newspaper ever published in Georgia and to preserve these valuable historical resources on microfilm. The goal of the Georgia Historic Newspapers database is to convert every Georgia newspaper to digital format and to make this resource available free of charge as a searchable text database.

Searching and Viewing the Georgia Historic Newspaper Database
Searchable text files of Georgia newspapers are generated in two ways. Whenever possible, scanned images of microfilmed newspaper pages are run through Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software. This results in a full-text file in which every word is searchable. For older newspapers whose microfilmed images are of poorer quality, OCR is not effective, but selected portions of these newspapers have been transcribed by hand to allow somewhat more limited searching. At least two paragraphs of all articles containing local or state news as well as the basic content of advertisements have been included in the transcriptions. For articles whose content does not deal with Georgia, only the headlines have been transcribed. All newspaper texts, whether generated through OCR or by human transcription, are marked up in Standard Generalzed Markup Language (SGML) to permit more sophisticated searching (e.g., limiting a search to a specific newspaper issue, article, or headline.) Although not every word of every newspaper is searchable, every word is available for viewing. Each page of digitized newsprint can be viewed as an electronic facsimile of the original, including all advertisements and illustrations.

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