Why can’t they all do it this way?
When users download images of local Maryland land records from the MDLANDREC website, a red citation is included on the far left hand edge of the image. It’s clearly in the margin of the actual document image, but it is a helpful feature that more sites should incorporate. Apparently generated on the fly, it even includes the date the image was downloaded.
Is it in proper Evidence Explained format? Of course not. After all, Evidence Explained‘s author is not sitting idly by waiting to craft citations as these records are retrieved. I’m reasonably certain she has better things to do.
But the red citation certainly contains enough information to allow a user to create an accurate and adequate citation for the image. One can easily use that information to create a citation in the spirit of Evidence Explained.
I just wish that more sites would do this. It is especially helpful for records of this type where images from one record book often look exceedingly similar to those from another record book. Often one can tell the county in which a document was recorded by context clues within the recorded copy of the document. The page number is usually legible, but not always.
The book number or name usually is not indicated on every page.
Users should capture enough information from an image to cite it as they save the image. But we all know that doesn’t happen.
This just makes the citation much easier.
And here’s wishing more sites would do it.
There’s more information in this post about my webinar on using this website.