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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Homework Review: ESM's QuickLesson #2

Ol' Myrt here cannot think of a better thing to do on a snowy day in Utah, than print out and review homework for tomorrow's ESM's QuickLessons Study Group. That's where we're studying the works of noted genealogy author and educator Elizabeth Shown Mills. We are up to QuickLesson 2, cited in each homework assignment as follows:

Elizabeth Shown Mills, “QuickLesson 2: Sources vs. Information vs. Evidence vs. Proof,” Evidence Explained: Historical Analysis, Citation & Source Usage ( : [accessed 22 March 2016]).

The goal is to study the QuickLesson,
then figure out how it applies in your personal research.

  • How does your research "thinking" compare to the ideals posed by ESM?
  • What part of this QuickLesson inspired you to take a different course of action?
  • Has there been a research breakthrough after studying this QuickLesson?
Study group filmstrip panel participants are advised read this lesson and submit links to their homework in advance of our meeting, publishing each week's homework either in their blogs or as a public Google Doc, described in the video Creating Google Docs: For DearMYRTLE Study Group Homework. The research scenarios described in our homework that illustrate understanding of the principles Elizabeth describes in her QuickLesson.

Hilary Gadsby:

Betty-Lu Burton:

Lisa Gorrell:

Dave Robison:

Russ Worthington:

Melinda Culpon: 

Motivated hangout viewers may also submit homework, though there may not be enough time to review such additional homework during the live discussion. Ol' Myrt here reads every submission, and appreciates your efforts. The very act of submitting homework enhances the author's ability to assimilate the sound research methodologies suggested by the ESM.

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  • A Google account is only required of panel participants.
  • You'll receive a confirmation email with your unique link to view and comment.
  • Join the chat discussion before, during and after the *live* hangout.
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