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Citing Internet sources

CONNIE LENZEN writes in The Columbian
on Wednesday, November 30, 2005, in part.

"Elizabeth Shown Mills has created "QuickSheet; Citing Online Historical Resources, Evidence! Style." The basic principle is that an online source is a publication, and it has the same elements as something in print.

"A Web site is the online equivalent of a book, and so you look for the name of the author, creator or owner of the content of the Web site. Sometimes this is not readily available because people don't always give a byline. You look for the title of the Web site, the type of item, the publication data and the citation detail.

Mills gives examples of how to do this. For instance, this is how she would write a citation for an entry from the 1880 census on the LDS web site, www.familysearch.org.

"1880 United States Census," database, LDS, FamilySearch (http://www.familysearch.org: accessed 1 July 2005), entry for Leung Tung Wong (age 18), Holyoke, Hampden County, Massachusetts." "


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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