Finding Similar Items in the Digital Collections

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Did you know that metadata in the digital collections can help you find similar items?

When you look at the full record for an item in The Portal to Texas History or the UNT Digital Library, you may notice that values in several of the fields are clickable to help users find “more items like this one.” Clicking on the name of a creator, contributor, or publisher will give you a results list of the items created/published by that person or organization. Similarly, clicking on a subject will find all of the records with the same keyword or controlled term. Other fields that work this way include: series/serial titles, coverage places, time periods, academic departments, and degree information (for theses and dissertations).

screen capture of clickable metadata fields in a Portal item record

–submitted by Hannah Tarver, Head, Digital Projects Unit