Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Printing & citing blog entries

From: CatherineDearMYRTLE,
Thank you so much for all the information that you share with everyone. I really do enjoy your blogs. So many times I want to print some of the information, but haven't seen a print feature to use. Will you please tell me, if it is allowed, how to print information from the blogs?

DearCATHERINE,

Printing a blog entry depends on the method you use to read the blog, but basically the print button on the software you are using should do the job for you. It is also possible to copy/paste just a few lines or a paragraph from a blog entry. Such a printout can be for your personal use and still conform to the concept of fair use for materials covered by copyright, such as DearMYRTLE's blog.

In all cases, be sure to cite the source accurately so others can find the original, and place the comment in full context.

Ol' Myrt here likes to experiment, so she reads blogs using the following methods to read genealogy and history blogs:

  • RSS feeds to my iGOOGLE page
  • RSS feeds to Microsoft Outlook 2007
  • RSS feeds to Feedblitz, which sends a consolidated email every 24 hours
  • RSS feeds to Speed Reader software installed on my computer
  • Google Alerts (for certain genealogy catch-phrases) that arrive in my email box with links to the full blog entry

To improve your understanding of how to cite blog sources, genealogists and historians are advised to study Elizabeth Shown Mill’s Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace (1), where we follow her “blogs source list” sample from page 812 with the following elements:

Author, “Article Title”, Blog Name, Posting Date, (URL): Access Date, Specific Content

Not how Ol' Myrt here has used this pattern to construct the citation (footnote 2) for this paragraph from one of Randy Seaver’s recent postings about his test runs with the new Legacy Charting software:

“This test told me that a 6 or 7 generation chart is about the biggest anyone would want to make full scale and have it created as a large wall chart - my full scale 6 generation chart would be 3.5 feet wide by 4.5 feet high.” (2)

(1) Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2007, page 812.

(2) Seavers, Randy, “Testing Legacy Charting – Post 2”, Genea-Musings, 7 March 2008, (http://randysmusings.blogspot.com/2008/03/testing-legacy-charting-post-2.html): accessed 11 March 2008, para. 9.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.
Myrt@DearMYRTLE.com
http://blog.dearmyrtle.com/

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