Draft, 03 March 2017
This page should be in a useful state, but still needs work before it's finished.
Headline Roulette presents a randomly selected newspaper article from Trove. It’s built using the Trove API.
All this content (over half a billion items) can be discovered through Trove’s zones. Keep in mind that some resources appear in multiple zones.
Large amounts of high-quality digitised material have been added in recent years, such as deep-zoomable images and maps.
nuc:"ANL"in the search box and checking ‘Available online’ (or clicking the ‘online’ facet)
Trove includes collection records from:
Some things you might not expect to find:
For more detailed information on finding things in Trove, remember to look in the Trove Help Zone.
There’s so much stuff in Trove that it’s tempting to think your search should be as precise as possible. But it’s often more effective to start with a broad search and then narrow things down using filters and facets.
The ‘Online’ filter focuses on material that is available online. There’s often a bit of uncertainty about this because the metadata Trove receives is not always accurate. You can limit further by online status using the facets.
Another way of focusing your search is to change the level of “exactness”. You probably already understand the difference between a search for keywords and a search for a particular phrase:
white australia– returns results including the words ‘white’ and ‘australia’.
"white australia"(note the double quotes) – returns results including the phrase “white australia”.
But you might notice that the phrase search also returns results that match “whiter Australia”. Within the phrase, words are ‘stemmed’ to find all forms of that word. You can stop this by preceding the quotes with
In the newspapers zone there’s also a bit of extra wriggle room to deal with some of the vagaries of OCR. This means that some results might include an extra word in the middle of the phrase. To switch this off add
~0 after the quotes.
Here are some comparisons:
|Query||Number of results||Explanation|
||136,327||Search for phrase (with stemming)|
||132,470||Search for phrase (no stemming)|
||130,164||Search for phrase (no extra words)|
||126,982||Search for phrase (no extra words and no stemming)|
Any of the ‘special’ searches above can just be typed into the search box. In fact, you can build up quite complex search queries just using the search box.
NOT, to specify how your keywords or phrases should be combined. For example, try
"white australia" AND chineseversus
"white australia" NOT chinese.
nuc:and the organisation identifier (in quotes”. For example
nuc:"ANL"searches only the NLA, while
nuc:"UC:IR"searches only the University of Canberra’s institutional repository.
has:tags. Also works with
corrections(in the newspapers zone).
(cat dog)~5will find articles where the words ‘cat’ and ‘dog’ are a maximum of 5 words apart.