All of a sudden the other night
Without thinking about what I was doing
I was sitting in front of my computer
Pulling together the pieces
Of information I was going to need
To create a citation
For the record I’d just found
Into the information it had to offer.
I’ve learned to love the relaxed ease
That comes from knowing that
My citation is just an easy copy and paste away
When I’m needing to create a footnote
And wanting to keep on writing.
What it will be like
When I reach the point
Where my whos and whats
And whens and wheres
(And don’t forget the where-withins)
Begin to fall confidently into place.
But for now
Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Documentation (Arlington, VA: National Genealogical Society, 2017).
Elizabeth Shown Mills, editor, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, 3rd Ed. (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2015).
(Did I do those right? Actually, I often use the Kindle version of EE, but it’s too cold to think about how I might cite that on this rainy California evening. )
Are close at hand.