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Source_Information Helper

Filling out a Source_Information can be tiresome. Often the bibliographic information needed is contained in a textual reference such as appear at the end of most scientific reports.
This form converts a simple bibliographic record into metadata elements that can be selected from the web browser and pasted into a metadata record. It works for textual references that are written in the style used by USGS, with all elements followed by a comma except the title, which is followed by a colon. The input should have one bibliographic record per line, like this:
Bailey, E.H., Irwin, W.P., and Jones, D.L., 1964, Franciscan and related rocks, and their significance in the geology of western California:  California Division of Mines and Geology Bulletin 183, 177p.
Blake, M.C., Jr., and Jones, D.L., 1974, Origin of Franciscan melanges in northern California:  Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists Special Publication 19, p. 255-263.
Bonilla, M.G., 1965, Geologic map of the San Francisco South quadrangle, California:  U.S. Geological Survey Open-File map, scale 1:20,000.
Or it can have one per paragraph, with a blank line separating consecutive entries, like this:
Bailey, E.H., Irwin, W.P., and Jones, D.L., 1964, Franciscan and related
rocks, and their significance in the geology of western California:
California Division of Mines and Geology Bulletin 183, 177p.

Blake, M.C., Jr., and Jones, D.L., 1974, Origin of Franciscan melanges in
northern California:  Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists
Special Publication 19, p. 255-263.

Bonilla, M.G., 1965, Geologic map of the San Francisco South quadrangle,
California:  U.S. Geological Survey Open-File map, scale 1:20,000.
You can have blank space at the beginning and ending of a line; that space will be ignored by this program.
The form rewrites each such entry as a Source_Information. You will probably need to edit some of the entries. For example, it will put page numbers into Issue_Identification; I consider them better placed in Other_Citation_Details.
You can select the output text using your mouse and paste it into a suitable metadata editor (Xtme or Tkme, for example), or into a text editor if that's how you create metadata.

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