Thursday, June 10, 2010

Citation Listserv/Study Sessions Being Set Up

This went out on a lot of lists I am on.  I signed up, as someday I would love to be able to source things without my Legacy SourceWriter or thumbing wildly through EE.  Elizabeth Shown Mills even replied that she wants to be involved in case of questions that others can't answer.  Hope to see some of you there!

I've set up a restricted yahoo group called SourceCitations.  What I'm planning is a moderated study session group, restricted to those who don't have a high level of confidence in the writing of source citations.  It will not be like TheoryGen (which is completely wide open as to content and membership).  It won't be a place to debate the BCG or professionalism or anything along that line.
I think I'm well placed to moderate such a group because I have 25 years of experience with research methods, both historical and genealogical, and yet I have a strong interest in really taking a detailed look at source citations.  The idea would be a round table series of study sessions,  using reference material such as Evidence Explained, going step by step through that text, from front to back.  Plus looking at how the genealogical approach compares and contrasts with the Chicago Style Manual.  Also side sessions on the source citations preferred by major archives.  And a look later at the source citation requirements for different genealogical journals and magazines.

This is an open course structure, but not a place for those who already have a high degree of confidence in writing source citations already.  Members will be invited to bring their own source citations 'puzzles' to the table at different points in the sessions (they would have to be appropriate for the session that was current).

And anything on the list can be taken by any member who wants to solicit opinions and comments on another list or from an expert (non-member) off list.  There will be some restriction on that type of cross-posting.

Because it is a closed, restricted study group,  there will be an ability to examine actual documents and case studies.

Goal:  That participants hopefully will come out of it with a high level of confidence in the writing of good genealogical source citations.

Participants are invited to participate at a level that they feel comfortable at.  You can join at any point later as the sessions proceed, but I recommend you go back and read through the earlier entries and material.

the Source Citation study sessions will utilize the following Yahoo group:

The group is open now, and the first sessions will begin in about two weeks.  I need to prepare some outlines but in the meantime, the door is open for introductory discussions. I'd like to get a sense of what interests participants,  who you are, what your motivations are for joining, and just general ideas on the subject itself.

I think this is going to be really an interesting, quiet learning environment for us all.


Larry Boswell BA, PLCGS
"Experts in Historical & Genealogical Research"
Listowner, TheoryGen (a non-archived list)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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