Punctuating Search Parameters shown in a Footnote

 
 
 
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History Hunter
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Punctuating Search Parameters shown in a Footnote

Dear Editor;

I've looked at an instance (page 58 of EE) of using search strings in the Footnotes, but the punctuation for multi-parameter instances is problematic. How does one punctuate a clause containing multiple search fields already containing their own punctuation characters. Am I missing another example that addresses this?

e.g.: (from the 1911 Canada Census search page on the LAC site)

search terms:

Given Name(s): John

Surname: Hoffos

Age: 50

Province: Saskatchewan

EE
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History Hunter, would you try to draft a citation so we can see where the conflicts are? From the few details above, we'd be giving advice blindly—something that's rather unwise because it's destined to turn out badly.

 

The Editor

History Hunter
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Dear Editor;

I apologize for not "having a go" at creating an example. At the moment I am on a field-trip to the adjacent province to do some research. I will put together something, when I get back home (likely in a week).

EE
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History Hunter,

After I responded to this query last night, I read your other query in a different thread, which also involved the issue of punctuation. Perhaps that will help you with the punctuation issue on this week's field trip. Hope the research goes splendidly.

The Editor

History Hunter
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Dear Editor;

I think the solution to citing Library and Archives Canada (LAC) images, in the other thread, removes the need to address this question for LAC images. However; I've yet to find a suitable image link for the 1921 Census images on Ancestry.com, since they seem to be generated "on the fly". This appears to mean that one must document how to get to the image, instead. What makes this even more difficult is that the names, again, contain severe spelling errors.

Before I attempt to create something "new" from the previously noted example on p. 58 of "Evidence Explained", I should probably ask a simple question. Is stating the search page URL (instead of the image URL), uncorrected persons name (effectively the search parameters) and that I am referencing the image (not the transcription), is adequate?

If  I do as stated, I believe the footnote should look something like the following.

e.g.
Footnote: "Census of Canada, 1921," Humboldt (216), Saskatchewan, township 37, SE 34, range 18, meridian W2, municipality of Spalding, p. 20 (penned), dwelling 227, family 228, R. "Schlender" [Schloendorf] (Age 51) [and Family]; image, Ancestry (http://search.ancestry.ca/search/db.aspx?dbid=8991 : 9 April 2017); citing Library and Archives Canada, Series RG31, Statistics Canada Fonds.

EE
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Yes, indeed, History Hunter. That works. 

The Editor