Monday, April 20, 2009
Must-have resource! In book form and now downloadable from footnote.com too!
After a long overdue bout of procrastination, I caved and ordered a copy of Elizabeth Shown Mills' book, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. This is a must have resource for anyone working on family history, whether you're a closet hobbyist of a pro. If you're not conviced, just think of it this way. You're putting a lot of time and effort into compiling a family history/tree, whatever you want to call it, and you want that work to be handed down for the family members of the future, right? Well how are those future family members supposed to find the sources you were talking about, or to get their own copies or know where to view the original if you don't tell them where you found it. That's where citation comes in. The examples in this book cover all the bases and tell you what information is vital to preserving the source. You can purchase the book at all the usual suspects, amazon.com, through abebooks.com, bookfinder.com, etc. but now footnote.com (if you're unfamiliar with it, you need to go take a look now) allows you to purchase the downloaded version through their website for half the price of the hard copy. So now you have no excuse not to have it...excuse me, now I have no excuse not to have it. And now that I've ordered it I won't be staring at a blank page trying to figure out how to cite a manuscript or a book anymore! Woohoo!