In going over my old citations, I've been trying to decide how to trim my citations to avoid including unnecessary detail. (You've previously cautioned me about this in some of my citations). I'm trying to define a "focus statement" to help my decide how to address the issue.
Would it be correct to say that the purpose of a reference note is solely to unambiguously define where one obtained the information used, not to actually extract that information?
If so; it might not be necessary to mention a person-of-interest in a reference note, if the reader does not need name to unambiguously locate the information being referenced.
I have a newspaper article that names my uncle and his swimming accomplishments. I have not provided his name in the reference, as one can unambiguously locate the article without it.
(Montréal, Quebec) Gazette, 18 April 1940, p. 16, col. 2, “Ottawa Threat”; digital images, Newspapers.com (http://www.newspapers.com : accessed 9 June 2019).