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DESCRIPTION - Humanities

Field label
DESCRIPTION
Field mnemonic
DE
Field name
  • Description
  • Description
Field definition
This field contains text to describe the object, and is used for physical descriptive information that may supplement, qualify, or explain information indexed in various other fields.
Status
Strongly recommended for uploading to Artefacts Canada.
Heading
DESCRIPTIVE FIELDS
Comments
Edits were made to this field in May 2010. Data entry rules were made more precise, and harmonized with those recommended in Cataloging Cultural Objects: A Guide to Describing Cultural Works and Their Images. By Murtha Baca, Patricia Harpring, Elisa Lanzi, Linda McRae, and Ann Whiteside. Visual Resources Association. Chicago: American Library Association, 2006. Website: http://www.vrafoundation.org/ccoweb/index.htm (accessed 2010-03-05).
Entry rules
Enter descriptive information that will supplement, qualify, or explain information indexed in various other fields. Provide a physical description of the object. Enter information not already fully described in other fields. Use natural word order. Use complete sentences. List information in the order of importance, chronologically, or from general to specific, depending on which is appropriate for the particular work. Use sentence case and capitalize proper names. Avoid abbreviations. Write the Description in the language of the catalogue record. Use diacritics as appropriate. All information that is in the Description and is required for retrieval should also be indexed in appropriate fields elsewhere in the record.
Cataloguers rules
See also, other Description fields with mnemonics prefixed by 'DE'.
Data type
alpha-numeric string
Examples
  • Pressed glass oil lamp without chimney. Short pedestal and side handle.
  • Device on metal legs with casters. A rectangular wooden board at the bottom. The barrel is made of wooden staves held together by metal hoops, stands straight upright and is rotated end over end with a metal crank and round wooden knob on top. The cover closes with clamps and a screw and has a small round window that turns black when the butter is ready. A system of blades inside turns cream into butter as the barrel rotates.
  • La table de l'instrument est en épicéa, la coque en érable, les chevilles en ébène, et le manche en sapin. Le manche du luth est plaqué d'un bois plus dur, ce qui le rendait plus résistant à l'usure provoquée par le frottement des doigts du musicien. C'est également le manche qui porte les intaglios représentant Vénus et Amor.
Discipline
  • Multidiscipline
Source
  • Archaeology (Specimens) Task Force
  • History Task Force
  • Ethnology Task Force
  • Fine and Decorative Arts Task Force
  • Cataloging Cultural Objects: A Guide to Describing Cultural Works and Their Images. By Murtha Baca, Patricia Harpring, Elisa Lanzi, Linda McRae, and Ann Whiteside. Visual Resources Association. Chicago: American Library Association, 2006. Pages 247-251. Website: http://www.vraweb.org/ccoweb/cco/about.html (accessed 2013-10-28).
Field label (French)
DESCRIPTION
Field mnemonic (French)
DE

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