[APG Public List] Online death certificate - citation help
michael.hait at hotmail.com
Sat May 1 21:09:51 MDT 2010
My vote is for the first option. In my opinion, a specific image copy as
part of a collection (which it is) would be cited the same way that a
published chart or chapter of a book would be cited -- basically the way
that you have it: [chapter info]; [book citation].
From: "Susan G. Johnston" <zacathan at comcast.net>
Sent: Saturday, May 01, 2010 10:57 PM
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Subject: [APG Public List] Online death certificate - citation help
> My computer user group is working through Evidence Explained, and the
> question came up as to the best way to cite the Ohio death certificates
> available at the Record Search pilot site on FamilySearch.org. In
> studying sections in EE and the QuickSheet models, I came up with two
> variations. I'd appreciate a critique of these two first reference notes.
> 1. Ohio Department of Health, death certificate no. 30990 (file no.) 85
> (reg. no.) (1911), Silas N. Longfellow; digital image, "Ohio Death
> Certificates, 1908-1953," FamilySearch Record Search
> (http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html : accessed 22
> November 2007); imaged from FHL microfilm 1953043.
> 2. "Ohio Death Certificates, 1908-1953," digital images, FamilySearch
> Record Search (http://search.labs.familysearch.org/recordsearch/start.html
> : accessed 22 November 2007), death certificate no. 30990 (file no.) 85
> (reg. no.) (1911), Silas N. Longfellow; citing Ohio Department of Health,
> Certificates of Death, Office of Vital Statistics, Columbus.
> The first variation treats the digital image as an image copy; and I think
> the second variation treats it as a publication. The first variation gives
> information on all three incarnations of this record: the state
> certificate, the FHL microfilm copy of the certificate, and the online
> digital image of the certificate. I'm not sure that the second
> variation's credit line should refer to the original state certificate or
> the FHL microfilm, but either way, I feel like it leaves out information a
> reader might find helpful.
> Which variation would be preferable, and why? I would also like to know
> when one would use the phrase "imaged from" and when one would use the
> word "citing" in the credit line.
> Despite the fact that my conscious know there are no citation police, my
> subconscious is convinced there's one hiding in my closet. Thanks for
> your help in keeping him stuck there.
> Susan Johnston
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