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Learning About Items
Each item in the Portal has a descriptive item record that will help you evaluate your search results and learn more about the item before you view it. Although little is known about some photographs, physical objects, or other items in the Portal, we try to provide the most complete description possible for every item. Both brief and full records are available.
A Brief Record typically includes this information, if known:
- Description â€“ a concise description of a physical object or the content of a text or image.
- Creator(s) â€“ the author(s), photographer(s), artisan(s), etc. who created the original physical item.
- Location â€“ the place a text or image is about; the place an artifact represents .
- Creation Date â€“ the date the original item was created or published. The date is given in the form year-month-day.
- Partner(s) â€“ the individual(s) or institution(s) that hold(s) the original item.
- Collection(s) â€“ the thematic grouping(s) to which the item belongs.
A Full Record typically contains the information above plus, if known:
- Creator Role
- Publisher Information
- Coverage Place and Era
- Physical Description
- Relation to Other Materials in the Portal
- Additional Version(s) of the Title
- Source of the Itemâ€™s Content
- Resource Type
Viewing an Item Record
- Select an item from your search results list by clicking either its title or thumbnail image.
- The brief record is displayed with a medium-sized image.
- To see the full record, simply click on the â€œFull Recordâ€ tab above the image.
- To return to the brief record, click on its tab.