Focusing on "good research" is an important part of Casefile Clues. One of the ways I've tried to do that is the incorporation of citations throughout the newsletter. Citations are not fun, but they do allow us to clearly indicate which record we used and how it was accessed--always good.
I'm thinking that in addition to the citation of sources, we need to include more of the "how" of how things are found and how searches are conducted. We've done some of that in issues devoted to formulating census searches for hard to find individuals. I'm talking about a more comprehensive approach. The specifics of how databases were searched are not included in issue 20. There is broad discussion of how searches were done, but not in great detail. I'm thinking that more of that needs to be included. Perhaps not in every issue as it does tend to increase the length of the article.
Perhaps every few articles would include more focus on how databases were searched, what terms were used, and how the research results, both successful and unsuccessful, were tracked.