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Mountain West Digital Library: DPLA

This is a guide for users of the Mountain West Digital Library. Here you can find links to other helpful websites as well as guidelines for conducting research.

Search DPLA!

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What is DPLA?

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is a platform for sharing unique resources amongst the nation's libraries. Most of these resources come from the Special Collections of the contributing institutions, meaning they are unpublished, one-of-a-kind, primary source materials (wondering what primary source is?).

University of Utah participates in DPLA via its membership in Mountain West Digital Library, along with other Utah institutions like Brigham Young University, Weber State University, Utah State University, and Southern Utah University. 

You are welcome to use any and all of these resources, but DO pay attention to the RIGHTS information listed underneath each resource. The rights information will tell you WHAT you can do with the resource.

How to Search DPLA

Hack DPLA!

DPLA welcomes software developers, creative thinkers, and others to create apps to share data available in DPLA. There are some cool apps in their App Library!

Some of the coolest apps make DPLA resources into games with data, relate the resources to articles you are reading in Wikipedia, and help you view results as just a scrolling screen of images.

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