Wednesday, 9 November 2016

British Newspaper Archive redesigns available content information

The British Newspaper Archive ( has changed the way that you can access information on content that is available on the site, and which has been recently added.

In the past a simple panel on the home page allowed you to look for additions to the site in the last 30 days. The site now allows you to access which titles have been added in the last 7 days or the last 30 days, and also tells you what is scheduled to appear online the next day.

Whilst the availability of such information is welcome, the titles are not displayed in alphabetical order, however, meaning that you have to scroll down the lists to look for what you require, which is a tad tedious. I suspect the lists are in order of titles as and when they have been updated.Clicking on the alphabetical index does present a list of titles, and helpfully, those which have been updated tell you so with a tag, including how recently it was updated.

Similarly you can click for a complete list of all titles, which displays similar information - however, unlike the previous version, it takes a lot of scrolling to locate what you are interested in, as the type size and spacing is much larger, so you may be better using the alphabetical index.

Clicking on each title also now presents a detailed summary of information about the newspaper, including a link to a page from the title one hundred years ago (I assume where available!).


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