Learn: How do I identify tags, subjects, and references?

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What are tags and subjects? 

Tags are keywords that highlight specific elements of your story.  They serve as a way for visitors to navigate Discover Indiana beyond the individual tours. For example, someone might be interested in viewing all churches throughout the state.

Appropriate tags include but are not limited to:

  • Names of people and places (street, neighborhood) important to your story 
  • Other proper names for related organizations, businesses, etc.(for example, Independent Order of Odd Fellows)
  • a building or landscape type, e.g. rowhouses, churches, cemeteries


Each story should have at least 1 but not more than 3 subjects. Subjects should reflect the most significant aspect of the story and place it within a category focused on a similar themes (for example, Civil War History, Women’s History, Native American History). Themes are incredibly useful for visitors who intend to use your content in classrooms. It signals where your tour fits within larger historical and cultural areas and signals that what you’ve created merits their attention. One way to conceptualize subjects is to imagine your tour being placed onto shelves in a vast bookstore: what are the shelf headings your tour fits into? The more precise you are, the easier it is for people to find your tour in all the offerings.


Each story should include a list of the most important references. These include the books, articles, or other items that were most useful in the preparation of the story. This list should not be construed as a full works consulted list or a bibliography for further reading. It should also include materials that supplied any quotations in the story, as well as scholarly works that provided context.

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