The ERA: Mewmarket's Digital Newspaper Project
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Doing a search in The Era: Newmarket's Digital Newspaper Project
Newspaper Names and History:
Newspapers in Newmarket, Ontario have been published under different names since 1852. Searching the database will return results from all available years; although, a user may browse editions by masthead title on the home page. Newmarket Public Library started indexing the Era in 1978 and continued through the years to maintain a printed and electronic catalogue to the microfilm resources available in the library. In 2009 a digitization effort was launched as part of the Shared Digital Infrastructure project. The specific publishing history of each title is: The New Era (1852-July 1861), North York Sentinel (20 Dec 1867-1876), Newmarket Courier (26 Dec. 1867- 1876), North York Reformer (1875-1889), The Newmarket Era (July 1861-1942), Newmarket Era and Express (1942- October 1965), The Era (October 1965- May 1967, 1968-1989), The Era and Post (June 1967- December 1967) and The Era-Banner (1989-present). York Region Media Group is the copyright holder to all these publications.
Record Types and Searching:
IMPORTANT NOTE:The records in The Era: Newmarket's Digital Newspaper Project are a blend of "human" and "automated" indexed records. Records created through human indexing were created by staff that read an article and then create a record with fields which include a brief summary of the article. The years available via this method include 1854-1861, 1874-1884, 1930-1950, and part of 1960. Users then search against the fields of the record and not the full text of the newspaper page. Automated indexing uses computer programs to search every word on an entire page then assemble it into a database that users search against. Years available via this method are 1862-1873, 1885-1929 and 1951-1979. Due to these two methods, users may recognize that the results list and page display differ depending on which technique generated the record. Automated indexed articles will produce “hit highlighted” results which colour mark the words on the newspaper page that a person entered in the search box. Records indexed by humans will highlight the search terms in the fields of a record and not on the newspaper page itself. Either way a user will get access to the full image of the newspaper page. We have attempted to create a search interface that maximizes the recall and precision of a search for both types of records; however, users may notice some searches omit some records based on this difference. For example, Personal Names are searched in each type of record, but in different ways. If you want more information on the database and searching, please contact the Digital Services Librarian at npl@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.