- Hardcover: 892 pages
- Publisher: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc.; 3rd Revised edition (April 3, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0806320400
- ISBN-13: 978-0806320403
- Package Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 2.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 14 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Evidence Explained: History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace 3rd Edition Revised Hardcover – April 3, 2017
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"The definitive guide for how to cite every conceivable kind of source a historian might use, from traditional archival materials to digital media to the most arcane sources imaginable." --John B. Boles, William P. Hobby Professor of History, Rice University
"In standardizing a family history style, Mills has advanced the discipline. She has given researchers, writers, editors, and publishers invaluable new tools to bring quality and consistency to their work and distinction to the field." --National Genealogical Society Quarterly
The latest revision of this style manual, meant specifically for historical research and family genealogy work, builds upon the previous editions by adding new citation models, updates to websites, and information on new materials. There are more than 1,000 citation models covering print, microfilm and microfiche, websites, digital books and journals, DVDs, CDs, podcasts, and more. The glossary and bibliography have also been expanded. Libraries owning a previous edition will want to update; those where historical research - particularly genealogy-is important will want to acquire it as well. --Rebecca Vnuk, Booklist, Sept. 1, 2017
About the Author
A popular lecturer and past president of both the American Society of Genealogists and the Board for Certification of Genealogists, Elizabeth Shown Mills is the author, editor, and translator of 13 books and over 500 articles in the fields of genealogy, history, literature, and sociology. She has delivered over 1,000 lectures internationally, has appeared on radio and TV talk shows on three continents, and was featured on BBC's 20th and 30th anniversary specials on the novel Roots.
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The inside front cover shows a process map from sources to information to evidence, and just grasping this concept makes the entire book worthwhile--everything else is a bonus. I would also recommend Robert Charles Anderson's "Elements of Genealogical Analysis" as a companion to "Evidence Explained", because it expands on the notion of how to go about taking sources and breaking them down, and it gives examples of the process. That will help reinforce the message of "Evidence Explained" and make the citation formats and chapters on research even more valuable.
One thought about the paper version versus the Kindle version. The printed version is almost 900 pages and my first copy arrived with a broken spine, which Amazon replaced quickly. I like having a paper copy of some things, but I'll probably purchase the Kindle version so I can take it with me when visiting courthouses and archives. Why? Because I want to make sure I capture all the citation data while I'm still on-site. When I get home it may be too late. You never know what type of record you're going to run into when searching.