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The Galileo Initiative

21 March 2014
Even if you don’t do research in Georgia, you’ll find the University of Georgia Library’s "Digital Library of Georgia," a Galileo initiative ( to be a treasure trove. Much of the site’s material covers people and places outside the state. As a sampling of its thousands of online collections . . .

Direct Evidence, Case Building & "Proof"

20 March 2014
Let's revisit Tuesday's Test about DNA evidence and the circumstances under which it might be direct or indirect evidence. As researchers, when we seek answers to a question or solutions to a problem ...

Assign, Assigns, Assignee, Assignation

19 March 2014
We see these terms in all kind of past court documents (and one of them in Victorian romance novels). What exactly do they mean? ...

Is DNA Direct or Indirect Evidence?

18 March 2014
Ralph and Robert are strangers. They have just "met" through a DNA testing company ...

Data Capture for Source ID and Evaluation

17 March 2014
Good historical researchers follow the Good Reporter Principle: For every source we use, we ask (in every conceivable way) those basic 5 questions that guide every good reporter: Who? What? When? Where? and Why should I believe it?
Answering this last question means that we ...

Angle Brackets, Anybody?

16 March 2014

Is this a venial sin or a mortal one? Fifteen years ago, when URLs were new to citations, style manuals called for placing them in angle brackets ...

Citing Full Titles vs. Short Titles

15 March 2014
How we cite a title can vary according to the circumstances. Of course, "vary" doesn't mean "Oh, just do whatever you please." There are long-established rules that cover those variances—and very good reasons why they exist ...

Illinois Servitude & Emancipation Records (1722–1863)

14 March 2014
How great would it be if every state had a database like this one? ...

EVIDENCE EXPLAINED & the Interpretation of Evidence

13 March 2014
The role of a historian is to interpret the past. We gather evidence, analyze it, correlate it, reach conclusions, and synthesize our findings so that history becomes meaningful to others. But our interpretations cannot be any better than the evidence we gather—or our understanding of the records we use. How can EE help you?

Warrant (Noun & Verb)

12 March 2014
The word warrant has two legal contexts that affect our historical research: (1) a promise or guarantee; (2) an order issued by a governmental body or officer. In documents of past centuries, the word is typically used in one of the following ways ...