Element Name



Information about a resource from which the current resource is derived.

Where Can the Source Information be Found?

For any type of item, source describes an original (physical or digital) resource from which the current resource is derived and may be found:

  • by examining the item
  • in accompanying or supplementary information


How Source Works in the Metadata Form

1. Source qualifier -- drop-down menu
2. Source -- text field




How Should the Source be Filled in?

  • This field is only used if the item is:
    • a derivation (a single map from a book, an article from a journal, etc.)
    • an item that was part of a larger event (a presentation from a conference, a piece from an exhibition, etc.)


Guideline Example
  • Give any bibliographic information necessary to identify the original resource
    (e.g., title, format, standardized number, etc.)
Marshall City Directory, 1937. Rochester: Keiter Directory Co., 1937. V. 1.
  • When possible, include an Identifier for the item
G4030 1840 .C66 1840



  • Choose the appropriate relation qualifier from the controlled vocabulary
  • If none of the qualifiers applies to the item, the qualifier can be left blank


Other Examples

Scanned map from a book
Book: "From the German edition of P.F.X. Charlevoix, Histoire general des voyages, 1754."--Almagre books, list 47A.

Article from a conference
Conference: Annual Conference of the North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics (NAACL), 2010, Los Angeles, California, United States

Article published in a journal
Journal: Government Information Quarterly, 2008. p. 66-89

Presentation from a preconference
Conference: 3rd Annual Digitization Expo [Pre-conference], Texas Library Association (TLA) Annual Convention, 2010, San Antonio, Texas, United States

Map from an atlas
Atlas: Geologic Atlas of the United States, Llano-Burnet Folio No. 183, Washington: Geological Survey (U.S.), 1912

Clipping/article from a newspaper
Newspaper: "King State Dependent on South Parkers," Forward Times, Houston Texas, August 9, 1975, pp. 7A-8A



  • To specify other resources which are judged to be significantly related to the current resource in some fashion, use the Relation element.
  • Information in this field may also overlap with information entered in the Citation element.