EE's blog


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?

"He 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.

Thinking ... about Citations and Road Maps

In another forum that will go unnamed, a writer declared: “I like MLA better than CMOS because MLA doesn’t require us to cite page numbers.” ... Whoa! Back up a moment. Somebody took a wrong turn here. ...

How to Complicate a Plain Ol’ Deed-book Citation

Reader pbaum has raised an issue often faced by those who comb history's nooks and crannies: Say I have 10 or more land entries mentioned in the main text, but ....

Five Reasons We Can’t Find the Records We Want

Reason No. 1: Those records were never created in the first place. Recordkeeping is so commonplace today that our expectations are often skewed. ...