Sloppy Reporting? Or, How Not to Choke When Indulging in Free Online Content

Here's food for thought for all of us researchers who use online books, magazines, newspapers, or snippets thereof. Last week, a well-known news corp published an article about a false ...

10 Words Every History Researcher Should Know

Those clever folks at Grammarly have published a wonderful list of “10 words every college student should know.” For certain, they’re 10 words every history researcher should know. Here’s our take on them …

Ready-made Citations?

Prefabrication is a wonderful concept. Like most concepts, it has its uses—as well as undesirable consequences. In a recent thread on EE's Facebook page, a commenter writes: “It’s best to go with the citation any site recommends at [as] it will most likely lead to continuous access no matter how the site changes over time.” For the record ...

Citing Facebook ... Revisited

How do we cite a Facebook post? “QuickTips” tackled this topic a couple of years ago in answer to a reader’s query. It’s time to revisit it.

Citing Online Sources: Ken & Barbie? Or a Set of Nested Russian Dolls?

A query in another forum raises a puzzler to ponder: Is a nested citation the same thing as a layered citation? Or is there a difference? Yep. It’s the difference between ...

Dear Elizabeth—Re: Your Work ...

The email began as many do, with a generous supply of kind words about the research published at my personal website. Then came the paragraph that laid out the actual reason for writing ...

It's a Fact. No Discussion Needed. Or Is It?

"[XYZ] actually said 'Facts can be debated.' Think about that for a moment!"
With these words, a meme in current circulation takes to task a public statement by a public figure.  So, let's do “think about that for a moment.”  Are facts debatable?

Researching America's "Wretched and Landless Poor"

What was the last book you bought—and why? A friend raised this question on social media yesterday—right after Amazon’s delivery left a new book on my doorstep. Nancy Isenberg’s White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America.
My friend’s why? question triggered a memory. ...

The Other (Non-copyright) Issue with Online Photographs that Nobody Talks About

We’re studying Benjamin S. Anybody. We find his photograph online. Well, we find a photograph that is said to be him. What do we do now?

Reasonably Exhaustive Research

Someone just challenged me to explain the difference between "a reasonably exhaustive search" and "reasonably exhaustive research"—and to do so in 150 words or less.