Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Suqsequent Short Notes

Some of you might have noticed that issue 18 was the first where I have started using subsequent or short notes in Casefile Clues. In previous issues, I have always used the full reference note throughout. Using the full note throughout is not the preferred style and I will be graduating to the short notes in the future.

Part of this is writing the full citations is sometimes time consuming enough without adding the creation of short citations. The other problem is that my personal editing and writing process means things get moved around, added at the last minute, etc. etc. and that means that what was once first might not be first anymore and what was once subsequent is no longer subsequent.

However, the use of short citations takes less space and that's always a good thing. Not all subscribers print out their newsletters, but I know that quite a few do and I am trying to be cognizant of the number of sheets each issue takes. As a result, I'll be striving to use short citations as much as possible. I'm also looking at ways to reduce the number of citations where possible. It is a fine line and citation is definitely an art and some days I am better at it than others.

As always, Casefile Clues, strives for the spirit of Evidence Explained, if not to the precise letter. Among the competing demands, crunching out a weekly newsletter occasionally means that a citation has to be hastily compiled and sometimes decisions have to be made to save time if nothing else.

Comments or suggestions about citations are always welcome as we continue to strive towards exhibiting sound genealogy methodology in Casefile Clues.

1 comment:

  1. Michael,

    This issue was truely 'Meaty' in content & I really enjoyed reading through it!