Evidence Explained: Citing History Source from Artifacts to Cyberspace
This citation guide has two goals: first, to provide citation examples for as many types of sources as possible (especially those not covered by standard citation guides); and second, to help researchers identify details of records to aid in interpreting the validity not only of the source but also the researcher’s conclusions. The evidence analysis chapter discusses source types and origins, and introduces some methods of interpretation, including language characteristics and penmanship. The bulk of the book is the citation guide itself, and covers a huge array of source types, from the expected books, journals, microfilm, and census reports to the less standard types of resources, including manuscripts and archival objects, church or business records, scrapbooks, passenger lists, state property documents, and web miscellanea. Each chapter begins with a “Quick Check Model” which gives examples of the same resource in three formats: a source list entry, a full reference note, and a short reference note. A glossary, bibliography, and index round out this very thorough volume.