20 May 2013

A 10 Step Plan: Getting Sources & Citations Under Control

Created by Lynn Palermo, used with her permission

Citing sources – we talk about this often.  Why?  Because it is so important!

Lynn Palermo (The Armchair Genealogist), recently wrote A 10 Step Plan: Getting Sources & Citations Under Control and created a really neat graphic to go with it!  She states ...

We all were pulled into the excitement of the research, the thrill of the hunt and discovery of our family history. Eventually we all come to realize the importance of knowing where our information came from, and what sources we have to support our history as fact. However, more often then you realize, this knowledge arrives after we've been researching for some time.

So true.  It is easy to want to only do the exciting part.  Ask any genealogist if they like to write reports or similar and that booming sound was probably most of them saying “NO!”  Well, citing sources ranks right there with report writing.

I like how Lynn views source citing as part of a bigger process and not an end unto itself.  It’s part of an organic process that we can use regularly as we do our research.  Whenever we can make some element of our research part of a bigger habit, the more likely we are to stick with it.  Putting my floss next to my daily medicines has sure helped my dental health!

Do you agree with her 10 steps? Would you want to add 1 or 2 more and if so, what?

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1 comment:

  1. Good common sense advice. I have put together a list of my sources...actually a database...with notations regarding the ancestral names associated with each one. It takes a commitment to do, but it keeps me organized and I find myself going back to the sources to refresh and update my research as I learn more.