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Re: Plagiarism ?~American Indian records-

Erin,

I agree with your methods, as they also help other researchers locate the original sources. All too often when searching through published sources, many researchers fail to go back and review the original records. Granted a large part of this is due to accessibility/travel issues, but some people never check the accuracy of an abstract or transcription. There are often additional clues in the adjacent records, for example when viewing abstracts like manumissions in court minutes, that might contain the very evidence that is needed in one family's research. If one never took the time to review all of the records in that minute book, then some of the details related to a specific manumission might be overlooked. Those of us who do this type of research have learned the value of checking sources and reading beyond a specific entry, but others simply accept the abstract/transcription, and keep going.

Hollis


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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