ASC 4144: Family Roots

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Citing Your Resources

Doing ethical research means citing sources. It is critical to credit writers for their work and their contributions to your research. To not do so is unethical and leads to plagiarism - unintentionally or not. Here are some sources to help you cite properly and to avoid the problem of plagiarism.

  • Citation Styles
    This lists citation engines which help you create proper citations as well as providing information on different citation styles.
  • Tips on avoiding plagiarism
  • Turnitin
    Turnitin is a service that faculty and students use to detect and avoid plagiarism in their writing.
  • NoodleBib
    NoodleBib is an online resource that will help you format MLA and APA bibliographies, exporting them directly to your word processing program.

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

Byer, P.K. (1995). African American genealogical sourcebook. New York: Gale Research, Inc. The African American experience in the United States makes genealogical research a bit more challenging. This book will help you understand how African American history had an impact on the kinds of records kept for individuals and where those records can be found. Also included are examples of common types of records. Unlike most genealogical handbooks, this one provides essays that can provide a historical and social context for African American family research. Reference E 185.96 .A37 1995

Carmack, S.B. (2001). Your guide to cemetery research. Cincinnati: Betterway Books. This unique book will help you locate records of death and cemeteries and use both of those resources for compiling a family history. Two chapters are devoted to burial rights and customs, while appendices provide definitions of terms related to death and burial as well as interpretations of tombstone symbols. Reference CS 21 .C36 2002

Kay, T.J. (2000). International vital records handbook, 4th ed. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co. Instructions and sample forms for requesting birth certificates, marriage licenses, death certificates and other important documents in the United States, U.S. Territories, and selected countries. however, use this book with caution: This book was published in 2000, some of the forms and instructions may be more current (and available) online. Reference CS 42.7 .K46 2000

Library of Congress. (2001). Guide to genealogical research at the Library of Congress. Washington, DC: Library of Congress. This brief guide provides an overview of the research tools and collections available to the public. This is particularly useful if you plan to visit the LOC to work on a genealogical project. However, more comprehensive information can be found online at the Library’s Local History and Genealogy Reading Room. Reference CS 42.7 .G46 2001

Reid, J.P. (1998). Family ties in England, Scotland, Wales, & Ireland: Sources for genealogical research . Washington, DC: Library of Congress. This is an annotated bibliography of resources for locating family information in the British Isles. Reference Z5313 .G69 R45 1998

Sankey, M.L., & Ernst, C.R. (Eds.). (1998). Librarians’ guide to public records: The complete state, county, and courthouse locator. Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co. Contact information for institutions housing vital records can be found here, listed state-by-state. Reference JS 344 .P77 .L5 1998 (ask at desk)

Sturdevant, K.S. (2000). Bringing your family history to life through social history. Cincinnati: Betterway Books. Learn how to create a context for your family history using photographs, objects, correspondence, and historical research about the place and time in which your loved ones lived. Reference CS 16 .S862 2000

Szucs, L.D.,& Leubking, S.H. (Eds.). (1997). The source: A guidebook of American genealogy. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, Inc. Though this may seem a bit dated, this is still a useful resource for locating and using census data; court, church, and tax records; military employment records; and more for genealogical research. The author provides some guidance in using databases, indexes, and other finding aids. Reference CS 49 .S65 1997

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