Newmarket Public Library's Digital History Collection
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Searching The Era Newspaper Collection
Newspaper Names and History:
The Newmarket Public Library holds the microfilm collection of Newmarket’s local newspapers including The Era Newspaper, from 1852 to the present. Indexing of this collection began in 1978. In 2009, digitization (scanning and indexing) of this collection began as part of the Shared Digital Infrastructure project (SDI). At the end of the project, the newspaper years covering 1852-1979 were scanned, indexed and available online. Indexing is still ongoing for current years with the hope of adding more scanned images in the future. Select Find on the Homepage to view all years available. Select Newmarket Newspapers under Browse Collections to view individual mastheads. The available titles are: The New Era, North York Sentinel, Newmarket Courier, North York Reformer, The Newmarket Era, Newmarket Era and Express, The Era, The Era and Post and The Era-Banner. York Region Media Group is the copyright holder to all these publications.
Record Types and Searching:
IMPORTANT NOTE:The indexing of The Era and other newspapers is a blend of manual and OCR methods. Records manually indexed by staff cover the years 1852-1862, 1874-1884, 1930-1950, and part of 1960. You may search subjects, article titles and name fields. Automated indexing uses an OCR (Optical Character Recognition) program that converts scanned pages into searchable text. Issues that are available using this method are 1863-1873, 1885-1929 and 1951-1979. The results lists and page displays will differ depending on which indexing method was used. Searches of OCR indexed articles will produce highlighted results which colour mark the search terms on the newspaper page. Records indexed manually will return results of articles that have the search terms in the appropriate data fields, such as personal name, title or subject. If you would like more information or assistance using the database or the microfilm please contact the Adult Services Department, aref@newmarketpl.ca
Entering the following in the Search all box: Results in records containing the following:
Canada Selections containing the word Canada.
Canadian Selections containing the word Canadian
canad* Selections containing any word that begins with the letters Canad, such as Canada, Canadian, Canadians. Enter the root of your wild card search all in lower case. the search term cannot start with the wild card ("*egin" will not work). It can be used for subtle variations in spelling like "harb*r*" (which should return "harbour" and "harbors").
Canada OR Ontario Selections containing the word Canada or the word Ontario. The "OR" must be entered in CAPS. Alternatively, go to the Advanced Search screen, enter "Canada Ontario" and select the "or" radio button from the "Logic between keywords" list.
Canada AND Ontario Selections containing the word Canada and the word Ontario, but not selections containing just one of those words. The "AND" must be entered in CAPS. Alternatively, go to the Advanced Search screen, enter "Canada Ontario" and select the "and" radio button from the "Logic between keywords" list.
Ontario Canada Same as search above. The search instruction and is understood.
Ontario AND NOT Canada Selections containing the word Ontario but not the word Canada.
"Canada and Newmarket" Selections containing the phrase Canada and Newmarket. Note that in this instance the word and is part of the phrase, not a search instruction. Alternatively, go to the Advanced Search screen, enter "Canada and Newmarket" and select the "phrase" radio button from the "Logic between keywords" list. Note: not all words are stored in the index so words like "of" and "in" may be ignored in your phrase.
Note that with the exception of the wild card search, these searches are not case-sensitive. Canada will find canada and canada will find Canada. Note that phrases must appear inside quotation marks, as in "Canada and Newmarket."
Unsure about correct spelling?

The Unsure about correct spelling? attempts to enlarge the search by allowing the search engine to find words spelled nearly the same as the ones you entered. It does this by simple letter substitution. For example a Close search on "Macdonald" returns records with "McDonald" and "Macdonalds" as well. A Similar search adds variations like "Donald." A Something like this will return even broader results.

Fuzzy Dates
Currently the The Era: Newmarket's Digital Newspaper Project does not use fuzzy dates. Please use the between two dates function.
Geographic Location

The Geographic Location limits your search to records tagged with that specific place name. Since all newspapers were published in Newmarket, Ontario, this search function is not enabled.

What is KML?

Keyhole Markup Language (KML) is an XML-based language schema for visualizing geographic annotation on two-dimensional maps and three-dimensional Earth browsers.

The KML file specifies a set of features (placemarks, images, 3D models, textual descriptions, etc.) for display in a KML application. The most common of these is Google Earth, but there are a number of other 3D earth browsers and viewers which implement the KML encoding.

Each place located by the KML file uses a minimum of a longitude and a latitude. If additional data is provided, the view can be more specific — for example a "camera view" uses further details such as such as tilt, heading and altitude. Enriched KML files are often distributed as KMZ files, which are zipped KML files with a .kmz extension. When a KMZ file is unzipped, a single "doc.kml" is found along with any overlay and icon images referenced in the KML.

You need a KML viewer

Google Earth iconThe first step to using any KML file is to have an application or browser plug-in which is capable of handling this file format. We'll use Google Earth as the example here.

How to use a KML file?

When you click on link to get a KML file for the first time, your browser may not know how to handle this file format, and will simply offer you the opportunity to download it. This means you will then need to locate the .KML file on the computer's desktop (or wherever you have set the default download folder to be) and double click on that file to launch Google Earth.

Need More Help with Google Earth?

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