QuickSheet: Citing Online Historical Resources

We recently reviewed a number of books and quicksheets by Elizabeth Mills. Her work has become the premier reference set on citation and source analysis. We have one more quicksheet by Mills which we did not cover the other week but is worth reviewing. Quicksheet: Citing Online Historical Sources; Evidence! Style is one more great guide in Elizabeth Mills collections worth having on hand.

The guide is an 11″ x 17″ laminated sheet, folded in half to fit any folder; including, space enough for a three hole punch and binder insertion. This laminated, four-page quick reference gives the researcher an easy guide to citing historical sources as found on the Internet. The QuickSheet begins with a Basic Principles section and a Basic Template to help get the researcher started. The remainder of the guide provides Models, or examples, for Common Record Types. For each model or source type there are three entries organized in columns for easy reading; Source List Entry, Full Reference Note, and Short Reference Note.

Listed here are all the source types covered in this QuickSheet:

Census Images

  • Ancestry
  • Heritage Quest

Census Indexes & Databases

  • Ancestry
  • FamilySearch
  • Heritage Quest

Census Instructions

Digital Articles & Books

  • Articles: Electronic Edition
  • Articles: Online Journal or Magazine
  • Books: Digital Image
  • Books: Online Edition (Continually Updated)

Historical Records

  • Abstracts
  • Databases
  • Images
  • Transcripts

Land-Entry Records

  • Federal Database Entries
  • Federal Patent Images
  • State Database Entries
  • State Patent Images

Newsletter & Newspaper Items

  • Electronic Delivery (Archived)
  • Images

Passenger Lists

  • Database Entries
  • Manifest Images
  • Ship Images

Social Security Death Index

Vital Records

  • State-compiled Abstracts
  • State-compiled Database at Commercial Site
  • State-compiled Database at State Site


Order this great companion guide, along with Elizabeth Mills’ other books and guides at Family Roots Publishing. Quicksheet: Citing Online Historical Sources; Evidence! Style is Item #:GPC3849.

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