Correct

Correcting text will make searching the database much more reliable and will also improve the quality of the newspaper text in Trove. Correcting any other errors you find in the descriptions of fiction in the database (e.g. for chapter numbers and chapter titles, author information, or other details in the way the fiction is represented in the newspaper) will improve our records of fiction in Australia and of Australian fiction.

Twice a week, all updated records are harvested by the National Library of Australia’s Trove database, for their journals, articles and data sets zone (for example, the first two titles here are harvested from The Australian Newspaper Fiction Database). Thus, correcting errors in the database will also correct errors in Trove’s records of these fictions, and ensure that this information about Australia’s literary heritage is available for all.

How do I correct the text in the database?

  • Click on the “Publication Title” you want to edit
  • Click the link on the chapter title you want to edit
  • Click the link in the “Chapter URL” (3rd row)
  • A new window will open showing the article in Trove
  • Correct the article text according to Trove’s instructions and save your corrections
  • When finished, return to the chapter window and click on “Update text from trove”
  • Congratulations! The text you corrected is now in the database

Watch a video tutorial of how to correct the text of a story here.

See here for a useful general guide on correcting newspaper text in Trove.

Go to the database to correct a story.

How do I edit the chapter number and/or title for an instalment?

  • Click the link on the chapter title you want to edit
  • Click the blue “Edit Chapter Details” button at the top of the page
  • You will be taken to a page where you can edit the chapter number and title
  • Once finished, press “Update”
  • Thanks for enhancing the record of fiction in Australian newspapers!

# If you find that an article contains chapters (e.g.) I – II – III, but only (e.g.) I is listed please update the record (ditto for the chapter titles).

Go to the database to edit the chapter number and/or title.

How do I edit the information about an author in the database?

  • Login to the database (see See: How do I register as a member of the research community?
  • Click on the author name you want to edit
  • Click on the green “Edit Author” button
  • You will be taken to a page where you can edit author information
  • When you have finished, press “Update”
  • Thanks for enhancing the record of fiction in Australian newspapers.

Go to the database to edit information about an author.

How do I edit the information about a title in the database?

  • Login to the database (see See: How do I register as a member of the research community?
  • Find the title you want to edit
  • Click on the editing (“pencil”) symbol at the far right hand side of the row
  • You will be taken to a page where you can edit existing or add new information about the title
  • When you have finished, press “Update”
  • Thanks for improving the record of fiction in Australian newspapers

Go to the database to edit information about a title.

Why are there multiple copies (or versions) of the same story? (Or, I’ve already corrected that title in one newspaper, why bother correcting it in another newspaper?)

One of the purposes of asking people to read – and along the way, to correct – the fiction in this database is to see if there are any outstanding authors whose publication only in newspapers has resulted in them being lost to contemporary readers. However, another important reason for correcting the available text in the database is to provide a better resource for researchers and members of the public to explore literary history. For this purpose, a particularly useful feature of the database is that it shows not only if a title was published but where and when it was published and republished. Such information will help us to understand much more than we currently do about the history of Australian literature and literary culture, including what titles were read by Australians and where and when in the colonies, as well as how newspaper editors sourced the fiction they published.

How do I make chapters sort in the right order?

The database is able to sort Arabic numerals (i.e. 1, 2, 3) and Roman numerals (i.e. I, II, III) but it often gets confused when both are present (e.g. 2. III or II. 5) or when there are other words or symbols in the chapter number field (e.g. part, chapter, book).

If your chapters are not sorting in the right order convert all chapters to Arabic numerals and remove any additional words.

  • e.g. change “2.III” to “2.3”
  • e.g. change “Book 2.3” to “2.3”
  • e.g. change “Book 2 Part III” to “2.3”

Go to the database to edit chapter numbers.