<sources> Sources

<sources> is a new element in EAD3 and an optional child element of <control>. It groups one or more <source> of evidence used in describing the archival material. Do not confuse with <conventiondeclaration> or <localtypedeclaration>, used to identify rules and conventions used to create the description.


  • @altrender – not required. Use if the content of the element should be displayed or printed differently than the rendering established in a style sheet for other occurrences of the element.
  • @audience – not required. Use to set whether the element’s contents will be visible to external users or to internal ones. Possible values are: “internal” and “external.”
  • @base – not required. May contain a URI to create a base URI used to resolve any relative URIs used within the child elements, if the base URI differs from the base URI of the EAD instance.
  • @encodinganalog – not required. May contain information to map this tag to a particular element in another schema.
  • @id – not required. Creates an ID for element. Can be used for linking.
  • @lang – not required. Three-letter code that indicates the language in which the element’s contents were written. It should come from ISO 639-2b.
  • @localtype – not required. This attribute may be used within a number of elements. Its use and values are not defined by the schema and may be defined locally.
  • @script – not required. Four-letter code that indicates the script in which the element’s contents were written. It should come from ISO 15924.

Child Elements

<sources> must contain at least one <source> element and may contain as many as necessary.

Adjacent Elements

<sources> is the final element in <control> and is immediately preceded by the required <maintenancehistory>.


		<sourceentry>Hogwarts: a History</sourceentry>
				<dc:title>Hogwarts: a History</dc:title>
				<dc:creator>Bathilda Bagshot</dc:creator>
				<dc:identifier>DA880.B34 1968</dc:identifier>
			<p>Basic biographical and historical information was taken from <title><part>Hogwarts: a History</part></title>.</p>

EAD3 Tag Library Entry

View the official tag library entry for <sources>