Saturday, June 13, 2015

Citation Saturday - Newspaper Articles

At one point or another, all of us will end up finding some useful piece of information in a newspaper.  It may be a primary source or may serve to corroborate something you found somewhere else.  There are lots of different ways to cite a newspaper source, but the simplest is, in my opinion, always the best.

So if you are citing an obituary, for example:

Charles G. Ferris obituary, Van Wert, Ohio, Van Wert Weekly Bulletin, 21 September 1888, pg 4, col. 3.

This is really all you need.  If the source was located on microfilm, and you want to be very thorough, then you can add:
Accessed 12 Sept 2004, Van Wert Public Library, Van Wert Weekly Bulletin, Microfilm for 1886-1889, Reel No. 15. 
The date you accessed it is important because by the time someone else is looking for the information it may be in another form.

There are a lot of ways to cite a source like this - and there is a genealogy standard that you are expected to adhere to if you are a certified genealogist.  But at the end of the day, the only thing that matters is that the source can be found again, either by you or someone else, with just the information provided in the citation.  Don't make it any more complicated than necessary, but DO cite the source.

Happy citing!

-- submitted by Denise Doyon  

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