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Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. Third Edition Revised

Elizabeth Shown Mills
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Format: Hardcover

Pages: 892 pp.

Published: 2017

Out Of Print

ISBN: 9780806320403

Item #: GPC3878

Evidence Explained is the definitive guide to the citation and analysis of historical sources--a guide so thorough that it leaves nothing to chance. While countless websites now suggest ways to identify their offerings, few of those address the analytical needs of a researcher concerned with the nature and provenance of web material, whose numerous incarnations and transformations often affect the reliability of their content.

In the two years since the Third Edition was published, changes at major repositories and online information providers--as well as the ever-evolving electronic world--have generated new citation and analysis challenges for researchers. As a consequence, Mrs. Mills has once again revised her citation models and added descriptions and evaluations of numerous contemporary materials not included in the original Third Edition. Here are the major changes you will find in this revised Third Edition:

  • Changes to about 75 pages in the text and index

  • New citations for the National Archives (NARA) website and manner of identifying documents

  • Updates for citing DAR's revamped website and databases

  • Alterations in citations for the DAR website and database

  • Immigration citations reflecting changed records at the Ellis Island website


"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)

"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

"Twenty-first century technology confronts historians and students with a bewildering proliferation of information some of it accurate and too much of it dubious. In Evidence Explained, Mills demonstrates how to separate the wheat from the chaff and how to report one’s sources and achievements. This encyclopedic guidebook is an invaluable resource for historians, students and editors alike."—Jon Kukla, author of Mr. Jefferson’s Women and A Wilderness So Immense: The Louisiana Purchase and the Destiny of America

"Historians will welcome the publication of this detailed guide to citations. Even avid users of The Chicago Manual of Style regularly encounter sources for which that handbook gives no guidance. Now we can turn to Elizabeth Shown Mills’s comprehensive work."—Journal of Southern History

"A key resource guide for scholars and serious researchers who must rely upon and understand historical evidence. Highly recommended."—R.V. Labaree, Choice

"This is an essential resource for family historians; highly recommended for all libraries."—Library Journal (First edition: Library Journal Best Reference 2007)

"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

"Meant not only as a style guide for the types of source citations used by historians and genealogists, this book also discusses why analysis of information within the total context of a source is imperative to understanding the nature of a fact. Citations not only tell where the source was found, but also can indicate a level of confidence to knowledgeable researchers."—Association of Professional Genealogists Quarterly

** Library Journal’s Best Reference 2007 **
** Winner of the National Genealogical Society’s 2008 Award of Excellence**

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