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I am pleased to continue the “Teaching with H-Latam’s Research Corner Blog” series and this two-part discussion of the Digital Library of the Caribbean. If you missed the first part, please click here. Kiran Baldeo is a History Ph.D. student at Rutgers University. Her research interests center on British Guiana during the era of indentured labor. Baldeo received her MA from the City College of New York. Her thesis titled, “The Dark Underbellies of the Littles: A History of the Indo-Guyanese Diaspora, Race and Identity,” explored transnational migrations, diasporic identity formation, and settlement patterns of the Indo-Guyanese population in New York City. Baldeo’s current work explores the systems of colonial medicine in the post-emancipation British Caribbean. Research for this project has fostered an extensive engagement with the Digital Library of the Caribbean and thus, serves as the basis for this post.
Unlocking dLOC: A Guide to the Digital Library of the Caribbean: Part Two
Part one of the “Unlocking dLOC” series explored the new website interface, the library’s organization, and search options. In part two, using an example from the Caribbean Newspaper Digital Collection, I provide a breakdown on how to navigate digitized images, not only in this collection but across dLOC. Additionally, I review the “Map Search” and “Date Search” options.1
When using an online archive, it is essential that you have a good grasp on how to utilize the features that aid in analysis. In this case, the user is presented with ten options for any image (see Figure 1). The “zoomable” and “search” features are the most useful, especially when you need to read text in an image or look at an image closely. Clicking on “zoomable” re-opens the image with the capability of zooming in and out. Each click zooms into the image more. Because zooming in does not distort the image, this is the best option to read the text in the newspaper. The “search” feature is helpful for locating a specific word or phrase within the body of the text. If your search term is found, a page will generate with the thumbnail images of the pages the word is on, which you can click on to expand. Unfortunately, once you click to open up the full screen image of the page the keyword will not be highlighted within the text.
1 This collection is a pure gem. It holds a total of 232,417 items, including Caribbean newspapers, gazettes, and newsprints.