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Accessible Archives Inc. Adds Enhancements to its Colonial and Early American Databases

Malvern, PA (May 30, 2008) – Accessible Archives, Inc., a publisher of electronic full-text searchable historical databases, has announced two new and exciting enhancements to its online databases of 18th and 19 century American newspapers, periodicals and county histories.

Effective immediately users of the Accessible Archives databases will have the capability of distributing their search results via e-mail. A series of new screens will guide the searcher through the process. Once the document to be sent has been identified the user enters one or more e-mail addresses, and also has the capability of including an informational note. If an image has been embedded in the article – such as an illustration or chart – it will be included. The image will not be a PDF file, but will be an e-mail containing the article using the HTML (mail) message format. Once the e-mail has been sent the user will be able to utilize the appropriate links to return to the View Result Document, View Result List or Search screens.

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In a second development MARC records are being added to the database. This feature will allow the searcher to identify each included publication in greater depth. The examination of a publication from the point of view of access identification is becoming increasingly important as the information community moves further into an electronic access environment, since it provides a basis for expanding wider metadata.

Tom Nagy, Accessible Archives COO, commented on these enhancements: “We constantly poll our clients for their views on enriching the search experience within our databases. Our latest enquiries showed that incorporating e-mail distribution and MARC records were deemed as very important, so we are pleased to be able to add these features in support of our users. We will continue to welcome any additional suggestions.

All images included in blog posts are from either Accessible Archives collections or out of copyright public sources unless otherwise noted. Common sources include the Library of Congress, The Flickr Commons, Wikimedia Commons, and other public archives.

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