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Smart phone photo

Create pages for your community and take photographs to illustrate your pages; hometowns, landmarks, parks, historic buildings, and historic markers. What a great class project! All submitted content is reviewed and approved by our staff before publication, so DON'T BE SHY! CONTACT US with questions.

 

HOW TO EDIT A PAGE - 5 STEPS

Example page - Bald Eagle

1. OPEN EDIT PAGE. Click Edit tab under the page Title: Edit tab (must login to see Edit tab);

Click Edit tab under page Title

Or click the Edit Page link below the article. Example: Edit Bald Eagle Page;

2. MAKE EDITS. On the Edit page, scroll down to the "Main Description" box  to edit the article;

Description text box where you edit the article

3. CREDIT LINE. If you want credit for your submission, type your information at the end of the article ("Contribution by ..."). A link to your website in the credit is usually approved (example).

4. SOURCE LINKS. Where did you research your facts? Use "Source" boxes (below "Main Description") to add appropriate links;

Source links text boxes

Enter the Name of the source page in the "Title" box, and paste the web page address in the "URL" box. We generally do not approve "dot com" links, but there are exceptions (.com is short for "commercial"). If you need to enter additional links, use the "Add Another Item" button: Create additional source or reference link.

Please provide Source links if you add text content to an article. If your information source is not a website, type a description of your source(s) at the bottom of the article in the "Main Description" box.

5. SAVE YOUR WORK! Click the "Save Item" button at the bottom of Edit page to save your changes: click Save Item to save changes. You'll see a confirmation message;

Confirmation message - edits received

Your submission will be reviewed by a member of our staff before publication to the live website.

 

HOW TO MAKE A NEW PAGE - 16 STEPS

New page example - Hometown PA

1. SITE SEARCH. Perform a site search (top of page) to see if the page you want to create already exists;

SITE SEARCH box illustration

If there's already a page on your topic, please edit the existing page.

2. ADD A NEW PAGE. Click the "Add a New Page" link at the bottom of any category or article page;

Click Add a New Page

3. PAGE TITLE. Complete the "Title or Name" text box on the "Create New Symbol or Item" page;

Type new page Title or Name

Type the Name of a place (town or city, landmark, park, or historic marker), a state symbol, or a historic person's name.

4. US STATE. Click drop-down arrow and select the state your topic is associated with;

Select a state

5. SUBTITLE. Optional. Our staff usually completes this field.

6. ARTICLE HEADER. Optional.

7. PRIMARY IMAGE. Optional. If you have a primary image (how to find a photo), click on "Browse" to upload a photo;

Primary image Browse link

"Browse" opens the "Media Browser" box. Follow steps 3-9 under "HOW TO ADD A PHOTO" (below), then proceed to step 8;

8. ITEM TYPE. Click drop-down arrow and select an "Item Type" for your page; a Place, a Symbol, or a Historic American.

Item Types; Place, Symbol, or Historic American

9. CATEGORY. If the Item Type is Place or Symbol, you must select at least one category on the list that appears.

10. ADDRESS. Optional. If Place is the Item Type, an "Address" section appears; enter an address if you want a Google map to appear on the page.

11. SHORT DESCRIPTION. Optional. "Short Description" is a summary of the article's content for search engines that does not appear on the published page. Our staff normally completes this field.

12. MAIN DESCRIPTION. Click inside the "Main Description" box to position your cursor. Type or paste in your article text. Phrase facts in your own words! If you quote a source in your article, put quotation marks around the quote and identify the source in the article.

Main Description Text Box

13. CREDIT. If you want credit for your submission, type your information at the end of the article ("Contribution by ..."). A link to your website in the credit is usually approved (example).

14. SOURCE(S). Where did you research your facts? Enter the Name of the source page in the "Title" box, and paste the web page address in the "URL" box;

Source links text boxes

We generally do not approve "dot com" links, but there are exceptions (.com is short for "commercial"). Click the "Add another item" button if you have more than two sources:Add Additional Item button.

If your information source is not a website, type a description of your source(s) at the bottom of the article (in the "Main Description" box).

15. REFERENCES. Adding Reference links is optional. Enter the name(s) and URLs of other reputable web pages on this topic if you feel our readers will benefit. Click "Add another item" if you have more than two: Add another item button.

16. SAVE YOUR WORK! Click the "Save Item" button at bottom of the page to save your changes:click Save Item to save changes. You'll see a "Submission Received" confirmation message. The new page will be reviewed by a member of our staff before publication to the live website.

ADD MEDIA

Not good with a camera? Many photos are available with a public domain or creative commons license to illustrate your page. Find a photo on the web.

HOW TO ADD A PHOTO - 9 STEPS

Image examples

1. ADD MEDIA. Click the "Add Media for Page" link below the article to add photo(s) to a page;

Click the Add Media link to add images to the page

2. CREATE NEW FILE. The "Create New File or Media" page opens. "Image" is the default selection under "Media Type," so just click the "Browse" link under "Attach media;"

Under Attach media, click the Browse link

3. MEDIA BROWSER. The "Media Browser" box opens. Click the "Browse..." button: Click Browse... (beside "Upload a new file" text box);

Click the Browse button

4. SELECT YOUR FILE. A file explorer box opens where you can navigate to your photo and select it. The name of the selected image will appear in the "File name" text box;

Select image file and click Open button

5. OPEN THE FILE. When the desired photo has been selected, click the "Open" button: Open button. You return to the Media browser, which now shows the location of the file you selected in the "Upload a new file" text box;

Click Upload button

6. UPLOAD THE FILE. Click the "Upload" button: Upload button. The Media browser now indicates the file has uploaded;

Click the Next button

7. IMAGE DESCRIPTION. Click the "Next" button in the Media browser: Next button. This opens the description area for the photo; information entered here will be used in the image caption;

Name photo, describe, assign license, save

7.1 Name of Photo. Type the topic of your photo. For our example, I would type "Bald eagle soaring" (no period).

7.2 Main Description. Optional - add details about the photo here (where the shot was taken or other description).

7.3 Photographer. Type the name of the photographer.

7.4 Source. "My Photo" is the default selection. Click the drop-down arrow to select a different image source (Flickr, Wikipedia, USFWS, USDA, or other source);

Select the image source from drop-down list

7.5 URL. Paste the web address (URL) of the original image if it was copied from the web.

7.6 License. "Public domain" is the default selection. Click the drop-down arrow to make a different selection;

Select a copyright license from list

See How to Find a Photo on the Web for details on the different copyright licenses.

7.6 Alt Text. Optional. "Alternative Text" is used by screen readers, search engines, and when the image cannot be loaded. By adding "Alt Text" you improve accessibility and search engine optimization.

7.7 Title Text. Optional. "Title Text" is used in the tool tip when a mouse hovers over the image. Adding "Title Text" makes it easier to understand the context of an image and improves usability.

8. SAVE IMAGE DESCRIPTION. After completing the required fields in the image description box (required fields have a red asterisk), click the "Save" button: Save button. This brings you back to the "Create New File or Media" page, which now displays your photo;

Click Save Item button

To upload a second photo to this page, click the Browse link again (under "Attach media").

9. SAVE YOUR WORK! Click the "Save Item" button on the "Create New File or Media" page:Save Item button. You'll see a "Submission Received" confirmation message;

Confirmation message - Submission Received

Your submission will be reviewed by a member of our staff before publication to the live website.

HOW TO ADD A VIDEO - 7 STEPS

Example video

1. ADD MEDIA. Click the "Add Media for Page" link below the article;

Select Add Media link for the page

2. CREATE NEW FILE. Select "Video" as the "Media Type" on the "Create New File or Media" page;

Select Video under Media Type

Click the Browse link under "Video" to open the Media browser.

3. MEDIA BROWSER. In the Media browser, paste the video's embed code in the "File URL or media resource" text box, then click the "Next" button: Next button  to open the video description section;

Enter embed code in Media browser

3.1 FIND EMBED CODE. On YouTube, click the "Share" link under the video;

Share link on YouTube

3.2 COPY EMBED CODE. Click the Embed link and copy the embed code;

Copy Embed code

3.3 PASTE EMBED CODE. Paste the embed code in the "File URL or media resource" text box in Media browser;

Paste embed code in media resource box

3.4 CLICK NEXT. Click the "Next" button in Media browser : Next button to open the video description section.

4. DESCRIPTION. The description section opens. If it's a YouTube video, the "Name" box is already completed;

Click Save button in Media browser

Leave the "Attribution" box blank and click the "Save" button: Save button to save the file description.

5. SAVE FILE. Click "Save" button again in Media browser: Save button  to save the new video file;

Click Save button in Media browser

6. SAVE TO PAGE. The "Create New File or Media" page now shows the new video file you created. Click the "Save Item" button Save Item buttonto assign the video to the Bald Eagle page;

New video file appears on Create New File page

7. SUBMISSION RECEIVED. After you click "Save Item" button:Save Item button you'll see a Submission Received" confirmation message;

Submission received message

Your submission will be reviewed by a member of our staff before publication to the live website.