How do you create a citation when the entire record or collection of records is your reference? For instance, an unpaginated diary mentions a farm hand named Hank in at least 26 entries spanning five years. If I use this as evidence that Hank was a farmhand for the diarist in that time span, do I need to list every individual entry that mentions Hank or is it enough to include a date range?
If the diary is 200 pages, it would be a lot of work for a reader to find all the entries on their own. On the other hand, if I cite them individually, I give the false impression my list is complete when I was primarily focused on when Hank first and last appeared.
Another example might be going through a few years worth of probate inventories and noting 10% of the people mentioned jewelry. Is it enough to say that I examined 200 records within a specific date range and 20 mentioned jewelry? Do I need to provide explicit references to those 20?