A Library Journal “Best Reference”
- 14 universal templates for citing every kind of source
- 1000+ citation examples, each keyed to a specific template
- New tutorial: “Building Your Citation”
- Expanded emphasis on digitized primary sources
- Expanded international coverage
- Updated discussions and examples for every type of source and all digital delivery mechanisms
Students, scholars, and curious sleuths all face the same questions:
- What details must we capture for each type of source, in order to understand it and properly interpret its evidence?
- How do we evaluate a record’s credibility—especially when its information conflicts with assertions made in other sources?
- How do we identify each source—not just so it can be found again, but so we and others can judge its reliability?
- How can we guard against link rot and disappearing sources when doing online research?
Evidence Explained guides us through a maze of historical resources not covered by other citation manuals—all kinds of primary-source materials, accessed through all kinds of media. More than a thousand examples for U.S. and international documents demonstrate how to handle the quirks that stump users of these materials.
Elizabeth Shown Mills is a historical writer with decades of research experience in public and private records of many western nations. Published widely in both academic and popular presses, Mills edited a national scholarly journal for sixteen years, taught for thirteen years at a National Archives-based institute on archival records, and for twenty-five years headed a university-based program in advanced research methodology. Mills knows records, loves records, and regularly shares her expertise in them with live and media audiences around the world.
Evidence Explained. 4th Edition
For today’s family historians, records abound. In courthouses and warehouses, town halls and rectories, archives and attics, we find old records in every form imaginable. Technology also delivers documents and relics through many digital formats. Audio files, podcasts, and YouTube stream insight into past lives. Libraries offer film and fiche, reprints, and revisions, translations and transcrip…