Friday, August 21, 2015

Homework Questions - 28 Aug 2015 What Does SHE Say? Study Group

In preparation for our third week of our What Does SHE Say? Study Group, we are reading from Chapter 2 of Evidence Explained (see below) and completing our homework before attending the study group session. The goal is for panelists and community participants to share specific, real-life scenarios as we consider assimilating concepts in EE3 to improve research outcomes. This week's homework includes some required elements, including crafting  one or two citation samples to insert in our class' WDSS - EE3 Study Group Citation Samples Google sheet.


Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, 3rd edition (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2015). [Book available from the publisher at and in digital format from the author's website]

The author hereafter referred to as ESM.

The book hereafter referred to as EE3.

Homework Guidelines

Friday, 28 Aug 2015 - EE - Chapter 2 Fundamentals of Citations

Focus Statement
Among these options, The Chicago Manual's Humanities Style has been the most effective for history researchers. Evidence Explained is rooted in that style. However, most Evidence models treat original or electronic sources not covered by the manuals above, as well as some modifications that better met the analytical needs of history researchers..” (See EE3 - 2.2)

1. Required Provide an example of a single source from your own research, citing it in each of the following types. See EE3 - 2.4 and EE3 - 2.10.
  • Source List (bibliography)
  • Reference Notes (either first or subsequent)
  • Source Labels
 2. Optional In your own words, demonstrate an understanding of EE3 - 2.6 Copyright, Plagiarism & Fair Use by describing an incident where there was a disregard for a specific rule of thumb.

3.  Optional What are discursive notes and why does the author suggest we avoid them?

4. Optional After studying EE3 - 2.8, what differences should you make in your citations that concern the privacy of living individuals? Be specific. How can researchers ensure their private notes won't go public?

5. Optional How can the definition of a genealogy program's 'master source list' be reconciled by the author's guidance in EE3 - 2.10?

6. Optional Discuss provenance as it relates to history citations.

7. Optional What about the efficacy of citing indexes and finding aids? Think of an example from your own research where this has played a role.

9. Required Choose one of the citation types in the public Google Sheet, inserting an example using the Full Reference Note format. Feel free to use the EE3 Index to guide your composition.

10. Required Describe the use of italics and quote marks in citing a source.

We will pick up with EE3 Organization at 2.38 in our homework for our final study group session in this series on 4 Sept 2015.


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