sources and citations

26 Jun 2013

Users Don’t Know What Libraries Are Talking About, Studies Find

An article – Users Don’t Know What Libraries Are Talking About, Studies Find –published last year in Library Journal reports that the average library user success rate for finding journal articles or article databases is only 52 percent.

Commonly misunderstood terms include acronyms and brand names, subject categories, and the words “database,” “library catalog,” “e-journals,” “index,” “interlibrary loan”, “periodical,” “serial,” “reference,” and “resource.”

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26 Apr 2011

Citing Electronic Articles in Genealogy Research

This Tuesday’s Tip is a quick one on citing electronic articles in genealogy rCiting Electronic Articles in Genealogical Research sassy jane genealogyesearch. Searching for a way for to online resources in your genealogical research?

Different academic disciplines have different standards.

Here are examples of citations from two leading scholarly groups used by historians:

Chicago Manual of Style Citation:

Mark Howells, “A Cite For Sore Eyes: Quality Citations for Electronic Genealogy Sources.” Ancestry Magazine, May 1, 1998. Accessed September 22, 2010.
http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=782.

Modern Language Association (MLA) Style Citation:

Howells, Mark. “A Cite For Sore Eyes: Quality Citations for Electronic Genealogy Sources.” Ancestry Magazine 1 May 1998. Ancestry.com. 22 Sep 2010; http://www.ancestry.com/learn/library/article.aspx?article=782.

Learn more about citation styles at Research and Documentation Online.

Both are styles used in history and the humanities scholarship, so either one is a good choice to follow. (But not both!)