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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.
    It begins with a simple question:
    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.
As a citation guide, Evidence Explained is built on this simple question and answer.

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.

Highlights
  • Covers all contemporary and electronic sources not discussed in traditional style manuals, including digital, audio, and video sources
  • Explains citation principals and includes more than 1,000 citation models for virtually every source type
  • Shows readers where to go to find their sources and how to describe them and evaluate them
  • Teaches readers to separate facts from assertions and theory from proof in the evaluation of evidence
Most Importantly Evidence Explained discusses source citations for every known class of records, including microfilm and microfiche, and records created by the new digital media:
  • Websites
  • Digital books and journals
  • DVDs
  • CDs
  • Audio files
  • Podcasts
  • E-zines
Everyone Needs This Book
  • Carry it around and consult it for the correct citation of any source you come across
  • Keep it constantly at your side to help you identify sources
  • Use it to evaluate digital and Internet sources
  • Make it your standard for citing sources and evaluating evidence in your day-to-day research
Read Example Pages From This Book: About the Author
    Elizabeth Shown Mills is a historical writer with decades of research experience in public and private records of many Western nations. Published widely in academic and popular presses Mills edited a national-level scholarly journal for sixteen years, taught for thirteen years at a National Archives-based institute on archival records and, for twenty years, has headed a university-based program in advanced research methodology. Mills knows records, loves records, and regularly shares her expertise in them with live and media audiences across three continents.
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 885 pp.
Published: 2010
ISBN: 9780806318066

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