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Originating Province (Site/Habitat/Origin)

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  • This field contains the name of the province where the specimen originated.


  1. This field may also contain the name of a Canadian territory, an American state, a British county, a Swiss canton, a French department, a Japanese prefecture or any other equivalent of the term "province."

      Originating ContinentEurope
     Originating Country Spain
    Originating Province Cantabria
  2. For better search results in your database, avoid a large variety of terms; draw up an authority list and add province names as necessary. See documentation tip No. 2 (in French only) for bibliographic references.
  3. This field is used in conjunction with the Originating Continent and Originating Country fields.

      Originating ContinentEurope
     Originating Country Italy
    Originating Province Liguria

Entry rules:

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

      Species quartz
      Originating ContinentNorth America
     Originating Country United States
    Originating Province Vermont
     and not 
     Originating ProvinceVt
  2. If the name of the originating province has changed, first enter its current name, followed by a comma and a space, then the name that applied when the specimen was collected.

      Discipline ornithology
     Genus Uria
      Originating Continent North America
     Originating Country Canada
    Originating Province Nunavut, Northwest Territories
  3. If you are unsure whether your information is correct, include a space and a question mark after the name of the province.

    Originating ProvinceBavaria ?
  4. This field may not contain more than one entry. © Société des musées du Québec