I am referring to, of course, Elizabeth Shown Mills' 892 page work titled Evidence Explained, Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, Third Edition. It is available from the Genealogical Publishing Company in Baltimore, Maryland. The book can be ordered online here (or from Amazon and other online book dealers).
There is no way for me to provide a comprehensive review of this book. I will rely on the publicity material:
- QuickStart Guide
- Expanded “3x3” Evidence Analysis Process Model
- Expanded coverage for genetic citations
- Expanded coverage of layered citations
- Latest concepts in evidence analysis
- Coverage of latest media and delivery systems
- Expanded glossary
- Handling of cached materials at Wayback Machine and elsewhere
- Privacy standards for genetic research
- Updates in National Archives citations after changes at NARA and TNG
- Updates for major online providers after acquisitions and mergers
- When to cite DOIs vs. URLs
- When to cite Stable URLs vs. paths and keywords
- Your 4 Basic Rules for citing websites
- & many other issues raised by users of past editions."
The first two chapters discuss "Fundamentals of Evidence Analysis" and "Fundamentals of Citations." The remainder of the book provides extensive guidelines, examples, Quick-Check models, and examples of source citations for almost every conceivable type of record used in genealogical and family history research today. Additional material in this Edition concern DNA and Genetic Sources,online digitized records from published or manuscript works which need a layered citation approach, and more.
This book is a necessary work for every researcher's bookshelf or desktop, or reference book computer file folder. I have used the digital version of the First Edition for seven years and can't do without it.
The Third Edition is in a 7 x 9 page format, and the print is relatively small. I find myself using a magnifier often. The PDF version may be better for me because I can search it for keywords and can magnify the text as needed.
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