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Use Continent (Origin)

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  • This field contains the name of the continent where the object was used.


  1. N.B.: Do not confuse the Use Continent field with the Originating Continent field. The Use Continent field indicates the name of the continent where the object was used, whereas the Originating Continent field indicates the name of the continent where it was produced.

    A hat manufactured in North America and used in Oceania

     Object Name hat
     Originating ContinentNorth America
    Use Continent Oceania
  2. For better search results in your database, avoid a large variety of terms; draw up an authority list. You may use the following authority list:1

    North America
    South America

Entry rules:

  1. Enter the full name of the continent; do not use abbreviations.

    Use ContinentSouth America
  2. If you are unsure whether your information is correct, enter a space and a question mark after the name of the continent.

    A clock probably used in Europe

     Object Name clock
    Use Continent Europe ?
  3. This field may contain several entries, since an object may have been used in more than one continent over the years—for instance if it belonged to an immigrant. The names of the continents should then be entered in chronological order, beginning with the most recent. Entries should be separated by a semicolon followed by a space.

    A table used in Europe and then in North America.

     Object Name table
    Use Continent North America; Europe

  1. NATURAL RESOURCES CANADA. The World - Continents, The Atlas of Canada Website, ( [Information up to date on June 20, 2006]. © Société des musées du Québec