Making MODS

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  for information on how to upload MODS, see Uploading MODS

To generate MODS from Excel spreadsheets one will need Microsoft Excel, OpenOffice Calc (optional), a solid text editor and Archivist Utility.

  • OpenOffice Portable is freely available here.
    • We have found that export of tab delimited text files (necessary for Archivist Utility) from OpenOffice gives a greater number of export options than Microsoft Excel.
    • Having said that, one may wish to try exporting from Microsoft Excel first for the sake of convenience.
  • Notepad++ Portable (a great text editor) is freely available here.

The portable versions can easily be installed without the need for assistance from IT staff.


A brief, Microsoft Word tutorial describing the steps to generate MODS is available here.

  • Note: the tutorial demonstrates the workflow with OpenOffice Calc, but as mentioned prior Microsoft Excel is a viable option in nearly all cases.
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