Source Information Index
Purpose of recording source citations
- A research log speeds your research by easily listing just what sources you
have already searched, and what your results were.
- It also limits duplication of your research efforts by reminding you what
you searched, when you searched, and who you were looking for in that source.
- Lastly, it is a quick way to provide confidence to others with whom you
share your findings, as you can easily photocopy or print out a copy of your log.
Information to record
Here is a list of the information that should be recorded.
- Author or originator (who provided the information)
- Description or title of item
- Publication information (publisher, location)
example: [online], [email]
- Date of the information (day, month, year)
- Location of the source (library or archive) and the call number
example: URL <http://address/filename>
- Reference number to the specific information (page, entry, line, etc.)
I have listed a couple of examples of the format that I will try to use.
Author or originator. Title of document. [Online] Date of document (day, month, year). URL <http://address/filename>.
Mike Rutledge. "Family Home Page." [Online] 28 August 2002. <http://188.8.131.52/FamilyTree/MainMenu.html>.
Sender name <sender's email address>. Subject line. [email] Date of message (day, month, year). Email recipient <recipient's email address>.
Rutledge, Mike <email@example.com>. "Test." [email] 28 August 2002. Rutledge, Mike<firstname.lastname@example.org>.