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American Genealogical Studies: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation

American Genealogical Studies: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation is a cloud-based course. NGS uses the Canvas by Instructure cloud-based learning management system.

Michael Grant Hait Jr., cgsm, is the author of this course. He is a full-time professional genealogical researcher, author, publisher, and lecturer. He is a current instructor at the Institute of Genealogical & Historical Research (IGHR); the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy (SLIG); and the Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh (GRIP).

What Will I Learn?

Genealogical researchers are often confused by the best way to cite and notate the sources where they located family records and information. Knowing where we located our family information and keeping accurate notes, or citations, is the backbone of reliable genealogy. In the three-module NGS course, American Genealogical Studies: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation, Michael Hait helps genealogists understand the principles of citation for common sources such as books, periodicals, and a variety of filmed and digitized records. The principles taught in this course are based on Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace.1

American Genealogical Studies: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation is an online cloud-based course containing lessons, examples, and graded exams. It consists of three modules covering:

  1. Introduction to Documentation
  2. Basic Citation Principles
  3. Applying Basic Citation Principles

This course will answer the following questions:

  • Why are citations necessary?
  • Why use a consistent citation style?
  • Which citation style is most appropriate for genealogical research?
  • What is the difference between the formats of reference notes and source lists?
  • What are the common elements of all source citations?
  • What is the method for recording various records?

See the course syllabus to learn more about American Genealogical Studies: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation.

Requirements

Since the American Genealogical Studies: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation is a cloud-based course, you need either a computer or tablet with an Internet connection to access the lessons, examples, exercises, and quizzes. No software or material is loaded onto your computer or tablet.

To optimize your online learning experience, the Canvas system uses the current version of a number of different browsers. To check for your browser compatibility, please see https://guides.instructure.com/m/4214/l/41056-which-browsers-does-canvas-support  for further information and details.

All students work independently.

When Can I Start the Course?

Please allow three business days to receive an e-mail from NGS confirming registration.

You will then receive an e-mail from Canvas by Instructure providing you with login instructions, good for the duration of the course.  

Do I Need Anything Further?

It is strongly suggested that you use the book Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace and QuickSheet: Citing Ancestry.com Databases and Images by Elizabeth Shown Mills or the Guide to Documentation and Source Citation course.1

Fees

American Genealogical Studies Series

Members

Non-members

The Basics

$45

$65

Guide to Documentation and Source Citation

$45

$65

Bundle of The Basics and Guide to Documentation

$75

$100

Note:

Upon successfully completing both The Basics and Guide to Documentation and Source Citation, your NGS profile is set, allowing you to register for Beyond the Basics at the online NGS Store. You have up to one year after completing both The Basics and Guide to Documentation and Source Citation to enroll in Beyond the Basics.

Term of Course

NGS gives participants access to American Genealogical Studies: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation for six months from the date of registration. For those who need extra time, a one-time extension of three months is granted by contacting the NGS Course Administrator at courses@ngsgenealogy.org prior to the course expiration date.

Refund and Cancellation Policy

All purchases of courses are final. No refunds are issued.

Certificate of Completion

Each person who successfully completes American Genealogical Studies: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation receives a certificate of completion. Certificates are mailed out once per month. If you complete the course by the 20th of the month, we mail your certificate out at the end of that month. Please refer to FAQs for further information.

Questions?

Contact the NGS Course Administrator at courses@ngsgenealogy.org.  

1 Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, rev. ed. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2012).

2 Mills, Evidence Explained: Citing ... to Cyberspace.


 

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