Citing Historical Sources: A Manual for Family Historians

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 40 pages
Author: N. Kyle
Year: 2013
ISBN: 9781921956133
Other: further reading, index
Publisher: Unlock the Past

'Citing Historical Sources: A Manual for Family Historians' aims to answer the question "how do I reference the diverse range of source material encountered by the family historian?" The question has become even more complex in recent years with the increasing use of the internet and the plethora of new online sources now added to the mix. The construction of the text for a family history does require that you acknowledge your sources, adhere to copyright legislation and take note of ethical issues in your publication.

This book uses a straighforward and practical format to take you through the rules and conventions of referencing and acknowledgement of the resources used in your research to provide an easy and sensible entry into this important historical task.

'Citing Historical Sources: A Manual for Family Historians' discusses plagarism, digital resources, social media, Trove, oral sources, copyright, photographs, the protection of ideas, ethics, permission and release forms, and all aspects of footnotes, endnotes and the bibliography. The book has ample notes on how you can use online resources and print media to help with your referencing and there are numerous footnotes, endnotes, in-text references, capitalisation, the citing of images and more.

Introduction and acknowledgements
Citing sources
- Consistency of the citation
- Ensuring there is sufficient information
- Acknowledging prior work
- Accuracy
- Capitalisation
- Hyphenation or not?
- Footnotes
- Endotes
- Textual references or in-text references
Incorporation previous histories
- Plagarism
- Verbatim quotes - not too many, not too long
- Paraphrasing
- Books, chapters in books
- Ebooks, chapters in ebooks
- Journal, magazine and newspaper articles, pamphlets
- Ejournals, emagazines, online articles
- Government publications
- Manuscripts, family papers
- Other items from newspapers
- Ibid., op. cit., short forms
- Oral history, intereviews, recordings
- URLs (Universal Resource Locators)
- Social media - YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, blogs, podcasts
- Letters, emails
- Online indexes, digitised records
- Citing images, diagrams, maps, photographs
- Trove
Constructing a bibliography
- Bibliography
- Books, chapters in books
- Journal, magazines, pamphlets, online documents, online indexes
- Family papers, manuscripts, oral records, letters, emails
- Government publications, newspapers
- Oral interviews
Creating Copyright
- Stretching the truth
- Controversial subject matter
- Defamation and libel
- Codes of ethics
Exercise in ethics
Permission notes and publication release
- Simple release form
- Useful websites
Further reading and references
- Free online manuals of style asnd advice
- Books




6 Reviews
  • good

    Posted by Lorraine on 22nd Mar 2021

    good for reference

  • great on hand manual

    Posted by michelle borserio on 23rd May 2020

    Although this book is dated as 2013 - nothing has changed - as the same rules apply for I feel it is a necessary handbook to have on call.
    Most of us that are beginning to do family history would not give any of this a thought - merely just to copy & paste but this covers what you really need to know in regards to using records - which is allowed but it is necessary to cite the records - to be on the safe side
    AND this manual will explain how to cite your records properly.

  • Helpful

    Posted by Sue on 18th May 2020

    I have found this book so useful that I bought this copy as a gift to assist someone who is about to start writing their family story .

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