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Discipline (Identification)

Field to be used with an authority listField used for ethnology and history collectionsField used for fine and decorative arts collectionsField used for science and technology collectionsField used for archaeology collections (object data and site data)Field used for natural science collectionsSociété des musées québécois Info-Muse database field


  • This field contains the name of the discipline or science under which the object falls.


  1. For better search results in your database, avoid a large variety of terms; draw up an authority list and add keywords as necessary.1
  2. For Quebec archaeology, depending on the object, the expressions "prehistorical archaeology" and "historical archaeology" may be entered in this field to make a distinction between these types of collection.

    Record for a 19th-century bottle shard

    Discipline historical archaeology
     Object Namebottle shard
     Period19th century

Entry rules:

  1. Enter the name of the discipline under which the object falls.
  2. This field may contain multiple entries separated by a semicolon followed by a space.

    Record for a Roman shield in a museum of weapons and technology

    Discipline archaeology; military history
      Object Name shield

  1. For a humanities authority list in the Discipline field, you may consult HARVEY, Kerridwen. Proposal for Expansion of the Humanities National Database. Ottawa: Canadian Heritage Information Network, Documentation Research Group, 1994. © Société des musées du Québec