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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 48, November 26, 2006, Article 21

USING THE BROOKLYN DAILY EAGLE WEBSITE

Fred Reed writes: "As somebody who spent more than 3,000 hours
reading Civil War-era newspaper microfilm during his graduate
student days, I concur with Editor Homren's glee over searchable
newspaper archives.  As someone who has also done hundreds of
searches on the Brooklyn Daily Eagle archive, here are some tips
to help E-Sylum readers get the biggest bang from their research
buck.

(1) long files do not always load properly on this web site,
so if you notice blank spaces in your article, reload it until
it all loads properly, otherwise you may miss the very item you
are seeking.

(2) not all words are searchable, for example if you search for
"state bank" the site will discard "state" telling you it is too
omnipresent and all you will get is "bank" references.

(3) extraneous hits are somewhat frequent, especially if you
don't turn off "ads" as a part of the search.

(4) tighten your search by using "  " (quote marks), date
Ranges and content delimiting.

(5) for my purposes ordering by date ascending made
researching chronological events easier.

(6) remember, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle is not the New York Times;
it's coverage is somewhat parochial.

(7) finally, blind or even directed word searches in an archives
like this can be misleading, since one can pull up isolated events
and miss the context that one could find by actually searching
newspaper columns--so beware of drawing false conclusions that
subsequent data could clear up, since newspaper accounts are often
fragmentary; you may have to cast a wider net to follow up bits
and pieces gleaned piecemeal.  Happy hunting!"

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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