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Overlong Citations & Discursive Notes

13 July 2014
Few readers like them. Even among lawyers and attorneys, who are often rapped for their dense prose, we hear complaints about the "inelegance" of overlong citations and the "burden" of footnotes filled with substantive matter that divert attention from the text itself. ... Two practices can help us reduce the "burden" of overlong citations. ...

Do You "Just Trust" Citations Offered by Digital Providers? . . . EE's Take on the Subject

26 June 2014
Those of you who accepted yesterday's challenge—here at the blog and at our FB page—caught several good points, especially the misidentified microfilm publication. ... Beyond that, EE’s suggested model reflects several other citation needs ...

Working with Frakturs

14 June 2014
German "frakturs"—i.e., illuminated certificates of births, baptisms, and marriages—were originally commissioned by families to commemorate events and were prized as both art and family record. When using an original fraktur ...

Citing Rural Cemeteries

9 June 2014
When citing a rural cemetery, you will want to include directions for locating it, unless you have already done so in your text. Typically, these directions will reference the ...

Historic Broadsides:

5 June 2014
Although published, broadsides from past centuries have had a high destruction rate and copies of any particular broadside may be extremely rare. For that reason, when we find them in ...

Citing Complicated Web Sources

3 June 2014
You’ve found a great book in an HTML version online. The epigraph to p. 139 (you DO, of course, remember what an epigraph is, from our recent Wednesday’s Words) has a great quote you want to cite. Citing a quote from a book should be as easy as describing candy in a candy store, right? So let’s see what you come up with …

Citing Military Records—Person-Based and Unit-Based

2 June 2014
When citing military records, the "essential elements" of our citation will vary, depending upon whether we are citing a person-based or unit-based record. The basic distinctions are these ...

Citing Conference Papers & Syllabus Material

31 May 2014
Most published conference syllabi carry a specific title. As a rule, we should pull that title from the title page, rather than the often-stylized cover. The complexity of ...

Citing Misfiled Documents

28 April 2014
Historic records are frequently filed or bound in chronological sequence. Across the years, many have been misfiled or bound amid records of a different time frame ...

Citing Federal Records—Author or Creator

7 April 2014
Many government compilations credit no individual. In those cases, the author is typically the agency. If the agency is also the publisher, your citation may ...

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