How to Tag

Tagging is an experimental feature. Tags might one day go back into the Library website, but for now are only used as a method to explore and communicate within By the People.

You can add any tags you feel are appropriate to a document, as long as you avoid using offensive, degrading or hurtful language about other individuals or groups of people. Read the Library’s comment policy here.

Tag, you're it!

Anyone can tag! You just need to register. An account also allows you to review and to track what pages you have transcribed and reviewed on your profile page.

To add a tag, simply type a word or words in the Tags box. Separate tags with a comma or click “Add” after each tag. Make sure you click “Save tags” before leaving a page you have tagged.

Ways to tag

Here are some ways you might consider tagging:

  • If you transcribe an important word in a document, such as somebody’s name, and the original author spelled the name incorrectly, you can add a tag of the correct name.
  • Sometimes writers use nicknames or code words. If you know or can correctly identify the full name or subject using contextual information from the larger document or collection, you may want to add it as a tag.
  • Are you interested in documents mentioning cats? Use the “Tag” button to tag all pages that mention cats. Other subjects you might want to tag include “Civil War”, “Cooking”, “Sports”. You can apply whatever tags you like.
  • Keep tags as short as you can and use whole words instead of abbreviations. This will make it easier for other people to understand your tags and to reuse them on other pages.