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The LAR Best Practices contain detailed instruction for each lar metadata field, however here is a brief overview of Quick-Start guide, overviewing only the required fields (field names in italics). To find definitions of the controlled fields and their vocabulary terms listed below, please see the Best Practices.

  • Know the URL of the resource---this will be the resource identifier. Identifiers must be the actual URL on which the resource is located. If you would like to provide a landing page or supplemental information page, there is an optional field for that (partnerURL). 
  • The date of the metadata record's creation is recordDate. The date of the resource, on the other hand, is date, and must specify dateType ('Created', 'Published', or 'Modified').
  • Choose the appropriate title for the resource and give a brief, informative description. Keep in mind that search results for user search terms will be ordered depending on the text in these fields.
  • Select one or more subject terms from the controlled vocabulary list at
  • Choose language from the controlled vocabulary list at
  • As all NSDL resources must be internet-based, determine what applications are necessary to use the resource. Then choose a format from the controlled vocabulary:
  • Education Level is a very important search criteria. Choose which _educationLevel_ the resource is intended for from the controlled vocabulary:
  • For audienceRefinement, choose whether your resource is intended for an 'Educator' (i.e. a teacher's guide or professional development information) or a 'Learner' (i.e. a game or animation). In many cases it might be appropriate for both, in which case select 'Educator and learner'.
  • The type of resource should be chosen from a controlled vocabulary at
  • The entity responsible for the resource's creation (as opposed to the metadata record) should be listed as contributor. Choose from Collection Developer, Creator, Editor, Funder, or Publisher as contributor role.
  • Use the accessRestrictions field to indicate whether the resource is available for free, or by subsription or purchase using the controlled vocabulary: 
  • Use the license field to describe the type of licensing for the resource's intellectual property rights. For its attribute license name, choose either from the controlled vocabulary at or enter another value free-text. Choose from one or more of the controlled vocabulary for the other attribute, license property


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