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History through local newspapers in Yorkshire & the Humber Region

 

Public use of newspapers
in Yorkshire and Humber
Survey Results October 2001


1. How far have you travelled to use the newspaper files today?

Total

Percent

Under 20 miles
601
90
20-100 miles
53
8
Over 100 miles
11
2
Outside UK
4
1

2. How old are the newspapers you are using today?

Total

Percent

Up to 6 months
335
55
Up to 5 years
28
5
Up to 20 years
29
5
Up to 100 years
148
24
Over 100 years
73
12

3. What are you hoping to find in the newspapers today?

 
Total

Percent

Family history
124
18
Local history
192
28
Pictures
100
15
Sport
157
23
Political
143
21
Business/Financial
150
22
Legal/Crime
64
9
Adverts
99
15
House history
28
4
Obituaries
104
15
Other
106
16

4. What will you do with today's findings/hits?

 
Total

Percent

Take a copy
172
25
Write notes for someone else
55
8
Use in publicity material
9
1
Educational use
34
5
Other
94
14
Write up notes
215
32
Use in new publication
36
5
Add to your family tree
69
10
Use for a talk
51
8

5. How often do you use newspaper files?

 
Total

Percent

First time
104
17
Occasional
239
39
Regular
267
44

6. When do you plan to use newspaper files again?

 
Total

Percent

Next few weeks
402
65
Sometime in future
135
22
No plans
77
13

7. How easy do you find it to use newspapers as a source of information?

 
Total

Percent

Simple
395
64
Fairly easy
187
30
Difficult
15
2
Tedious
20
3

8. Have you found what you were looking for today?

 
Total

Percent

Yes
510
86
No
81
14

9. Have you ever used newspaper indexes, or guides?

 
Total

Percent

Yes
262
43
No
352
57

10. If so did it make it easier for you to find your information?

 
Total

Percent

Yes
253
83
No
51
17

11. Have you ever used newspapers:

 
Total

Percent

On microfilm
268
40
As paper copies
275
41
On CD Rom
45
7
Online
84
12

12. Which of these formats did you find easiest to use?

 
Total

Percent

Microfilm
130
32
Paper copies
234
57
CD Rom
16
4
Online
28
7

13. Have you had any problems using newspapers on microfilm?

 
Total

Percent

Yes
99
26
No
283
74

 

 



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