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Citing Key Parties in a Record

10 April 2014
Citations to original records held in courthouses and town halls may vary from one to the next, depending upon the nature of the record and the focus of your own work. For example: ...

Indents, Indentures, & More Kinds of Indentures

9 April 2014
Even at law, similar words have different meanings. On the one hand, "indent" and "indenture" are related. On the other hand, "indentures" mean something else entirely. ...

Analyzing a Bible Record

8 April 2014
The words penned in old Bibles are so often taken at face value. We make assumptions on the basis of what we see. For the attached image ...

Citing Federal Records—Author or Creator

7 April 2014
Many government compilations credit no individual. In those cases, the author is typically the agency. If the agency is also the publisher, your citation may ...

Capitalizing Titles

6 April 2014
Publication titles follow different capitalization practices, according to the language in which they are written. For example ...

Shortened Titles

5 April 2013
Many published works have long titles that we cite fully in the first reference note that uses that source. Thereafter, we may create "shortened titles," but we should do so thoughtfully. A short title should always ...

Using Archives: A Guide

4 April 2014
It's free. It's downloadable. The Society of American Archivists has an indispensable e-book: USING ARCHIVES: A Guide to Effective Research. Among its topics ...

Reference Notes vs. Source List Entries:

3 April 2014
Ah, the confusion that exists over these two concepts! Does it matter? Are the distinctions between them essential or just more of the clap-trap that make so many people cringe at the word "citations"? ...


2 April 2014
Dogtrot: A style of home popular in the nineteenth century rural America. Typically, it had ... . This link offers a sampling of photos. ...

Wills & Bequests

1 April 2014
You've found a will dated 1811. The testator leaves to "my 5 children Lorenzo, Lemuel, Leroy, Lucinda, and Lawrence, the land on which each of them now lives." Then he leaves ... . How would you interpret this?