The Historical Jerusalem Post
Back issues of The Jerusalem Post from 1932 to 1988 (including its earlier title The Palestine Post) are being made available from ProQuest through its Historical Newspapers database platform.
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The digital content covers the years 1932–88. The Jerusalem Post is the world’s top English-language daily newspaper covering Israel, the Middle East, and the Jewish World. Founded in 1932 by Gershon Agron as The Palestine Post, the publication supported the struggle for a Jewish homeland in Palestine and openly opposed British policy restricting Jewish immigration during the Mandate period. The paper was renamed The Jerusalem Post in 1950, two years after the declaration of the State of Israel. The digital content was scanned from microfilm, filmed by IDC in the Netherlands, and provided by the University of Toronto.
The article titles and first eight lines of each article are hand-edited, and the eight lines are considered an “abstract” that can be searched separately.
Technical platform and interface
This title is available on ProQuest’s new platform, which offers several features conducive to researching newspaper content. All articles are zoned, and the default view presents each separate article. A “page-view clickable” view allows the reader to navigate to other adjacent articles on the page. Various types of articles have been tagged, including multiple types of advertisements. The new faceted options for massaging results include a concise but informative summary of publication title histories. The word-occurrence graph, which can be adjusted to show frequency of search terms over varying periods of time, presents the average user with an out-of-the-box text-mining tool.
Cross-collection searching is possible with other titles available through the ProQuest Historical Newspapers platform.
Strengths and weaknesses
This digital content could become even more valuable if more of the more recent content could be secured.
Direct from Publisher
|Subjects covered||News, politics, and cultural issues in Israel and for the Jewish community internationally|
|Geographic coverage||Israel; the Middle East; the international Jewish community|
|P||Total pages||c. 180, 812 pp. (c. 16,500 issues)|
|P||Digital collection launch date||November, 2011|
|P||Completion date||Est. December, 2011|
|Browser compatibility||Netscape version 4.7x or higher; Microsoft Internet Explorer version 5 or higher; Firefox 3.5 or higher; Chrome|
|P||Authentication options||Secure access via the following authentication methods: IP recognition, Password Barcode, Referring URL,Embedded URL|
|P||Archiving solution – master files||Archived by ProQuest|
|P||Archiving solution – derivative files||Archived by ProQuest|
|P||Availability in web discovery tools||Y (Summon)|
|P||Open URL target||Y|
|P||Federated searching, z39.50||Y|
|P||Local host option||Y|
|P||Full text displayed||Y|
|P||Search full text||Y|
|P||Search within results||Y|
|P||Limit results by dates and/or document types||Y|
|P||Display highlighted search terms||Y|
|P||Display snippet -- search term in context||N|
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|Restrictions on use|
|Publisher / Distributor||ProQuest LLC|
|Address||789 E. Eisenhower Parkway, P.O. Box 1346, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1346|
|url; contact email||www.proquest.com|
|Related product(s)||ProQuest Historical Newspapers|
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|Multiple year payments option|
|List of purchasers available|
|Sample license available|
|MARC records purchase fee|
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