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Citing Electronic Articles in Genealogy Research

This Tuesday’s Tip is on citing electronic articles in genealogy 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.

Both are styles used in history and the humanities scholarship, so either one is a good choice to follow. (But not both!) Citing Electronic Articles in Genealogy Research is pretty straightforward.

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About the Author:

Nancy Loe has an MA in American History and an MLS in Library Science and Archives. She has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech, SCGS Jamboree, and state and regional genealogy conferences. Her website was featured in Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow.”