Virginia Chronicle: Digital Newspaper Archive

Crowdsourced User Text Correction allows members of the public to help improve the searchability of this collection by correcting errors in the text of the digitized newspapers. Saving these corrections to the collection database improves the accuracy of the text, which enables better search results and a richer experience for all users.

When a newspaper or other text document is prepared for display online, Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software is used to generate searchable text. On some occasions, the text can be difficult for the software to accurately register - for example, a torn or water damaged document may have some illegible or missing sections. Likewise, small fonts, out of focus scans and fading can all result in OCR text that is not 100% accurate.

Text correction allows Virginia Chronicle users to assist in improving the searchability of the newspapers by correcting errors in the text of the digitized newspapers.

We welcome new contributors to our User Text Correction community. Anyone can participate as long as they have created an account and logged in.

OCR text corrections are saved to the database and will improve the service for all users by increasing the accuracy of search results.

There are two ways you can begin to correct text. From the document viewer:

  • Select the article or page you want to correct. This will display the text in the left pane of the document viewer. Click on the "Correct this text" link that appears above this text.
  • Right-click on the article or page image and select "Correct article text" or "Correct page text" from the options pop-up window.

The text correction interface is split into two parts: the right side shows the page images that make up the document, and the left side is used for editing the lines of text.

When you move your mouse over the page images in the right pane, the blocks making up the pages will highlight. You can scroll this view by dragging with the mouse, or zoom in/out using the buttons above the viewer. Clicking a highlighted block will select it and load a form for editing that block into the left pane.

Correct the text line by line. A red box is displayed in the right pane to help you determine what text should be included in the line. Once you have finished correcting text, click "Save". The changes you make will take effect immediately.

You can then make further corrections to the same block, move onto the next block by clicking the "Save & next" or "Next" button, select another block in the right pane, or exit the text correction view by clicking the "Return to viewing mode" link.

Clicking "Save & exit" instead of "Save" will save the changes and then return you to the normal viewing mode automatically.

Hint: Many web browsers include spell checking functionality and this can assist with your text correction by identifying misspelt words. If your web browser does not have this functionality, it's likely there is a spell checking add-on available (see your web browser's help for information on how to install add-ons).

For recommendations about topics such as punctuation, misspellings and illegible text, see General guidelines for text correction.

Crowdsourced User Text Correction allows members of the public to help improve the searchability of this collection by correcting errors in the text of the digitized newspapers. Saving these corrections to the collection database improves the accuracy of the text, which enables better search results and a richer experience for all users.

When a newspaper or other text document is prepared for display online, Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software is used to generate searchable text. On some occasions, the text can be difficult for the software to accurately register - for example, a torn or water damaged document may have some illegible or missing sections. Likewise, small fonts, out of focus scans and fading can all result in OCR text that is not 100% accurate.

Text correction allows Virginia Chronicle users to assist in improving the searchability of the newspapers by correcting errors in the text of the digitized newspapers.

We welcome new contributors to our User Text Correction community. Anyone can participate as long as they have created an account and logged in.

How to correct text

OCR text corrections are saved to the database and will improve the service for all users by increasing the accuracy of search results.

There are two ways you can begin to correct text. From the document viewer:

  • Select the article or page you want to correct. This will display the text in the left pane of the document viewer. Click on the "Correct this text" link that appears above this text.
  • Right-click on the article or page image and select "Correct article text" or "Correct page text" from the options pop-up window.

The text correction interface is split into two parts: the right side shows the page images that make up the document, and the left side is used for editing the lines of text.

When you move your mouse over the page images in the right pane, the blocks making up the pages will highlight. You can scroll this view by dragging with the mouse, or zoom in/out using the buttons above the viewer. Clicking a highlighted block will select it and load a form for editing that block into the left pane.

Correct the text line by line. A red box is displayed in the right pane to help you determine what text should be included in the line. Once you have finished correcting text, click "Save". The changes you make will take effect immediately.

You can then make further corrections to the same block, move onto the next block by clicking the "Save & next" or "Next" button, select another block in the right pane, or exit the text correction view by clicking the "Return to viewing mode" link.

Clicking "Save & exit" instead of "Save" will save the changes and then return you to the normal viewing mode automatically.

Hint: Many web browsers include spell checking functionality and this can assist with your text correction by identifying misspelt words. If your web browser does not have this functionality, it's likely there is a spell checking add-on available (see your web browser's help for information on how to install add-ons).

For recommendations about topics such as punctuation, misspellings and illegible text, see General guidelines for text correction.

Text correction recommendations

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    MastheadLocked
    Norfolk Post 17 October 1922
    88%
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    Norfolk Post 18 May 1922
    85%
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    Norfolk Post 13 January 1921
    85%
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    Norfolk Post 17 June 1922
    83%
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    Genius of Liberty 6 April 1819
    80%
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    Recorder 7 November 1924
    75%
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    Norfolk Post 13 January 1921
    75%
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    Recorder 8 November 1946
    71%
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    The Portsmouth PostLocked
    Norfolk Post 18 September 1922
    66%
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    FROM THE INTELLIGENCE*. Gentlemen,Locked
    Genius of Liberty 11 January 1817
    66%
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    Genius of Liberty 20 October 1818
    66%
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    Genius of Liberty 10 June 1823
    66%
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    Recorder 22 May 1931
    66%
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    Recorder 29 April 1949
    66%
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    Genius of Liberty 8 August 1826
    66%
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    Come On, Bandits!Locked
    Norfolk Post 25 November 1921
    66%
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    Staunton Eagle 27 October 1810
    97%
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    Daily Dispatch 1 March 1865
    97%
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    Alexandria Gazette 11 March 1919
    96%
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    Daily Dispatch 14 March 1862
    96%
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    Republican, & Petersburg Advertiser 21 October 1802
    96%
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    Enquirer 12 December 1807
    96%
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    Republican Farmer 25 October 1811
    95%
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    Roanoke Baptist Union 1 December 1888
    95%
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    Daily Dispatch 24 January 1862
    95%
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    1389 Speaks 22 November 1938
    95%
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    Richmond Dispatch 3 October 1897
    95%
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    Arlington News-Gazette 1 February 1936
    94%
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    Alleghanian 26 January 1940
    94%
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    Alleghanian 12 January 1940
    94%
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    Times 3 October 1897
    93%
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    Richmond Dispatch 3 October 1897
    93%
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    Alleghanian 26 January 1940
    93%
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    Alexandria Gazette 3 February 1834
    93%
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    Alexandria Gazette 11 January 1834
    93%
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    Sentinella 29 May 1898
    93%

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