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How to post an article to the Veterans History Project

The Basic Process

1. Gather the data requested by the Library of Congress about the veteran
2. Have a digital copy of the finished text of your feature article
3. Log on Control Panel for the Montana Heritage Project website
4. Go to the Publish page
5. Select the Veterns History Project weblog
6. Fill in the fields on the Publish page, either by pasting or by typing
7. Submit the form

Details

1. Gather the data requested by the Library of Congress about the veteran

Here is a PDF version of the Veterans Data Sheet.  Here is a non-PDF (plain text) version. This is the information you will need in order to submit your feature article.

2. Have a digital copy of the finished text of your feature article

You should complete your article in a word processor and have it spell-checked and copy edited before submitting it online. You will need to have a digital copy of the article on the computer you will use to upload the article. You will be able to copy the text from your word processor and paste it into the “body” field of the publish form. (Note: this will remove all formatting, such as bold or italic text, from your article. Be sure to remember to use the html buttons on the publish form to re-apply formatting.)

3. Log on Control Panel for the Montana Heritage Project website

You need to have registered on http://www.montanaheritageproject.org before you will be able to log on to the Control Panel. After you register, you will be sent an email confirmation before your membership is active. This is a security precaution.

Once your registration is complete, you can log on to the control panel here: http://www.montanaheritageproject.org/mpcp/index.php

4. Go to the Publish page

Once you are logged on to the Control Panel, click the “PUBLISH” link in the upper left corner of your screen. This will open the PUBLISH form where you will enter your information.

5. Select the Veterns History Project weblog

If you have permission to publish in more than one weblog, a list of these weblogs will appear. Select “VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT,” and then the PUBLISH form will appear.

6. Fill in the fields on the Publish page, either by pasting or by typing

Fill in the fields on the Publish page, either by pasting or by typing.

Required fields are marked with a red asterice: *. To prevent problems in case you were not able to get all the requested information, most of the fields are not required. However, all the information is important to make your work useful to future researchers, so be as complete as you can.

7. Submit the form

The “SUBMIT” button is in the upper right corner of the PUBLISH FORM.  Until you click SUBMIT, your work is not saved and will be lost if you exit the program.

There is also a PREVIEW button, that let’s you see your work without sending it to the web.

Below the SUBMIT button is an ENTRY STATUS button that is set to OPEN by default. OPEN means that when you submit your information, it will appear on the website. You can change the ENTRY STATUS to CLOSED. This means that when you submit your information, it will be saved on the server but it will not be visible on the web site. This is useful if you are not able to finish your work in one session. If you want to save your work to finish later, change the ENTRY STATUS to CLOSED and submit it. If you do not submit it, it will not be saved.

Flash Tutorial: Here is a brief movie showing how to post an entry. You will need the FLASH plug-in installed on your browser. It is best viewed with a screen resolution of 1024 or higher.

Posted by Michael L Umphrey on 01/18 at 07:37 PM

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