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CONTENTdm Cookbook: Title

1. Title

This is a mandatory field. Every record must have a title.

sample of elements that show on each field page

Yes, if a qualifier is used.

Create a separate field mapped to Title.alternative to enter a subtitle, translated title, or other alternate form of a title.

Field Name Title
DC Mapping Title
Search Yes
Hide No
Vocabulary No

The name given to the resource by the creator or publisher; may also be an identifying phrase or name of the object supplied by the contributing institution.


Transcribe the title from the resource itself, if available.

If not available, supply a title. Add the line “Title supplied by cataloger” to the end of the Description field if only some of the titles in the collection have been supplied. When every title in a collection is supplied, a note to that effect on the “About the Collection” page will suffice.

  • When possible, use the order Who, What, Where, When.
  • If some of those elements are known and others are speculative, include the most certain in the Title field and mention the least certain in Description.
  • Avoid generic descriptions such as “Papers” or “View of…” at the beginning of titles.
  • Use the full form of words, at least the first time they are referenced, rather than abbreviations such as St. for Street, ca. for circa, Ky. for Kentucky, etc.

End the title with a period(.).

Capitalize only the initial first letter and proper names.

Remove leading articles (e.g. A, An, The).


Autumn in Jacob Park, Louisville, Ky.

Frankie McCoy and Joan Robertson, 1946.

Brood mares and colts, Woodburne farm.

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Nickname title

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