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FAQs about Digital Collections

Why don't I see my search term in bold type in Expanded View, Full View, or Search Within search results?

If you used the All Fields Including Full Text option in the drop-down list, it is possible that your search terms appear in the full text of the document but are not mentioned in the metadata. If that is the case, your search terms will not appear in bold in the Expanded View, Full View, and FOCUS™ options.

Why aren't the page numbers in the PDFs and the page numbers in the source publications the same?

The PDFs provide collation numbers that represent the total number of pages within each publication. In the case of very short publications, there is frequently no difference between the collation and the pagination, but longer publications often have multiple pagination schemes. This is especially true of publications that contain front matter, illustrations, maps, appendices, attachments, or exhibits. In order to provide the user with documents that are fully portable (i.e., able to exist on their own away from the vendor's server), it is necessary to deliver the publications as fully functional PDFs, and PDFs only allow for the total number of digital pages in any given publication.


This does not apply to the Congressional Record Permanent Digital Collection or U.S. Serial Set Maps.

Why can't I copy and paste from the digital collection PDF?

Our rationale for not allowing a simple "cut and paste" from our products was to prevent the inappropriate use of the content. The OCR'd text being searched behind the scenes is not 100% accurate and therefore not identical to the image on the screen. We did not want to implement a paste function that might allow users, especially students, to erroneously believe that they were copying the image that they see on the screen. We were also concerned that some of our legal customers might do the cut and paste action and unknowingly get inaccurate content, which would be a serious issue for users creating legal documents.

The ability to "cut and paste" would make it slightly easier to quote content, but we decided to err on the side of protection (both for us and the user).

Additional factors that led to our decision were concerns about plagiarism and systematic harvesting of the OCR'd text. In creating this content we created an asset for ourselves and for institutional purchasers which we are obligated to protect.

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