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Monday, January 23, 2006

Hartford Courant Historical Available at iCONN portal

The CT Digital Library is excited to announce that the Historical Hartford Courant is now available through the iCONN portal.

The Connecticut State Library wishes to thank all the donors who helped make this resource possible. If your library hasn't pledged its support yet, please contact the State Librarian, Kendall Wiggin, at kwiggin@csib.org.

The Historical Hartford Courant database will include full-page coverage from issue 1, volume 1 of the newspaper starting in 1764 with coverage to December 31, 1922. This searchable digital archive of more than 280,000 pages of important historical content will offer article-level search results, article zoning and edited metadata, including headlines, bylines and first paragraphs.

All academic libraries, all public libraries and branches, historical society libraries, and all schools will have statewide access, as well as any Connecticut government department. There will be remote access for anyone with a public library card.

In an effort to improve the quality of the Hartford Courant images, ProQuest and the Connecticut State Library will source and film from paper any issues that do not meet ProQuest's rigorous quality standard. Issues will be added to this database as better originals are found. We appreciate your patience during this effort to improve the product. For a complete list of issues noted as missing or marked for re-filming, please go to: http://www.iconn.org/HartfordCourantMissingIssuesList.pdf

Libraries that wish to create links directly to the Historical Hartford Courant may use: http://rqst-agent.auto-graphics.com/LoginModule/Goto.aspx?cuid=rqst&dataid=765

Due to ALA, there is a delay adding this new resource to iCONN's "Direct Links to Resources" pages, but it will be added as soon as possible.

Training sessions will be set up soon. Watch for announcements regarding these - they're bound to fill up fast! In the meantime, please use ProQuest's Guide for their Historical Newspaper interface: http://training.proquest.com/trc/training/en/hnp.pdf

Lorraine Huddy
Electronic Resources Coordinator
Connecticut Digital Library
786 South Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457-5101
Tel 860.344.2521
Fax 860.344.2556


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