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CONTENTdm Cookbook: Source

10. Source

This field is mandatory if applicable. It does not apply to born-digital materials.

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Repeatable No
Field Name Source
DC Mapping Source
Search No
Hide No
Vocabulary No
Definition When applicable, use the Source element to cite any other resource from which the digital resource was derived, either in whole or in part.
Usage

A free-text account of the source of the original item, including physical format, collection name, and repository.

When available, include the dimensions of the original item. Preferred format for graphic materials is height x width, with the unit of measure in centimeters (denoted “cm.”). However, since the size of some photographic materials is standardized in the trade in inches (“8 x 10 in.”) or millimeters (“35 mm.”), the standard size may be given in these cases.

If an earlier version of the resource (e.g. sheet music) had been published, cite original publisher here. Include ISBN or any other original information as appropriate.

  • Clarify the nature of the relationship between two resources by using an initial phrase such as "Originally published as:" or "Original format:".
A born-digital resource derives from no pre-existing resource, so the Source element would not be used.
Examples

3 x 5 in. color lithographic postcard. Item no. 008.025 in the Newton Owen Postcard Collection, University of Louisville Archives and Records Center.

8 x 10 in. b&w nitrate negative. Item no. 1979.33.0120 in the Jean Thomas, The Traipsin' Woman, Collection, University of Louisville Photographic Archives.
Template Yes. Use the Template Creator to input the data once for all records (then go in and change Item no. for each record), or concatenate this field from the contents of other fields in a database to be imported into CONTENTdm.
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