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BOOK - Evidence Explained, Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace - Second Edition
By Elizabeth Shown Mills
Genealogical Publishing Company, Baltimore, 2010
Following its enthusiastic reception in 2007, this edition of what is now the definitive guide to the citation and analysis of historical sources, provides a guide so thorough that it leaves nothing to chance, whether you want a podcast or a census record. The new second edition of Evidence Explained includes updates to numerous websites, new models for electronic sources such as blogs and online forums, and new model citations to traditional and non-traditional genealogical sources, thus continuing its role as the single-most comprehensive style manual for genealogical writing and publishing.
Why do we invest so much of our energy into the citation of sources?
Followed immediately by the intriguing answer:
Because all sources are not created equal.
According to the author, there are no historical resources we can trust at face value. Records simply offer evidence, and their assertions may or may not be true. To decide what actually happened, we must understand those records. To analyze that evidence and judge what to believe, we also need particular facts about those records.
Thus, Evidence Explained has two principal uses: it provides citation models for most historical sources—especially original materials not covered by classic citation guides such as The Chicago Manual of Style. Beyond that it can help us understand each type of record and identify each in such detail that we and our readers will know not only where to go to find our source, but, equally important, the nature of that source so that the evidence can be better interpreted and the accuracy of our conclusions properly appraised.
Pages: 885 pp.
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