Tutorials & Introductory Videos
This space contains tutorials and introductory videos, produced either by DPLA or its partners, which help users better understand DPLA, its mission, and its impact. If you’ve created a DPLA tutorial or video of your own that you think others might find useful, please don’t hesitate to send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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How to Search DPLA [tutorial]
Created by Rebekah Cummings of Mountain West Digital Library (MWDL). This 12-minute video tutorial will show you how to search DPLA by basic search, timeline, map, exhibition, and app library, and it includes a short introduction on what resources are available in DPLA. For more information about MWDL, visit their site.
DPLA Screencast Tour [tutorial]
Created by Linda W. Braun, library consultant and educator. This short screencast tutorial offers an overview of DPLA’s functionality, including search, map, timeline, exhibitions, and more.
DPLA “Guide on the Side” [tutorial]
Created by Jessica Chung and Pam Schwartz, San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science. This interactive tutorial will show you how the DPLA website can assist you in your research and suggest ways DPLA’s resources can be used. Schwartz and Chung describe it as “intended to assist undergraduate students in an introductory history class who are working on an assignment that requires them to analyze a primary source. “Using this interactive guide window, users will learn how to (1) browse for items in the DPLA using its Map and Timeline features; (2) find primary source materials; (d) examine item information found in the DPLA; and (4) identify other resources to check for your research.
DPLA: A brief introduction to the DPLA, its utility, and its potential [tutorial]
Created by Community Rep Micah Vandegrift. This research guide, created for the Florida State University Libraries, presents a comprehensive introduction to DPLA, its utility, and its potential for future impact.
DPLA API Tutorial [tutorial]
Created by Community Rep Danielle Plumer. This tutorial on how to use DPLA’s API was originally developed for use with the Hacking DPLA at TCDL event held Sunday, April 27, 2014, at the University of Texas at Austin’s Perry-Castañeda Library. Anyone is welcome to reuse, modify, or adapt this tutorial for educational purposes. For other uses, please contact Danielle Cunniff Plumer, email@example.com.
An Introduction to DPLA [intro video]
Created by DPLA. The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. Since launching in April 2013, it has aggregated millions of items from thousands of institutions. This video was originally aired at the first annual DPLAfest, which took place on October 24-25, 2013 in Boston, MA.
American History at Your Fingertips [intro video]
Created by the Minnesota Digital Library, a DPLA Service Hub. American history at your fingertips: How Minnesota contributes to the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). The DPLA is a groundbreaking project that, for the first time, will make many of our nation’s significant digital collections searchable and accessible to the public from a single site. It will aggregate millions of digital artifacts from local archives, libraries, museums, and cultural heritage institutions across America and deliver them to students, teachers, scholars, and the public via a powerful search interface.
Mountain West Digital Library Video 2014 [intro video]
Created by the Mountain West Digital Library, a DPLA Service Hub.