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Electronic Texts in the HumanitiesPrinciples and Practice$
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Susan Hockey

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198711940

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198711940.001.0001

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Creating and Acquiring Electronic Texts

Creating and Acquiring Electronic Texts

(p.11) 2 Creating and Acquiring Electronic Texts
Electronic Texts in the Humanities

Susan Hockey

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses methods for creating and acquiring electronic texts and investigates metadata requirements and ways of sampling text. The Internet is usually the starting point to look for an electronic text, normally with a general Internet search rather than with a library catalogue search. If the text is not already available in electronic form, it will either have to be keyboarded or converted into electronic form by optical character recognition (OCR). OCR systems work by making an image representation of a page of text on a scanner and then attempting to convert the image or picture of the page into text characters by recognizing each character. This chapter also surveys some corpora in common use and discusses options for the design and development of a linguistic corpus.

Keywords:   Internet, electronic text, HTML, corpus, OCR software, library catalogue

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