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American Genealogical Studies: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation

American Genealogical Studies: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation is a course for anyone who wants to understand the principles of citation for common sources such as books, periodicals, and a variety of filmed and digitized records.

Michael Grant Hait Jr., cgsm, is the author of this course.1 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?

Knowing where we located our family information and keeping accurate notes, or citations, is the backbone of reliable genealogy. But many genealogical researchers are often confused by the best way to cite and notate the sources where they located family records and information.

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.2

The three modules covering:

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

Upon completion a student can:

  • explain why are citations necessary;
  • explain why genealogists use a consistent citation style;
  • understand which citation style is most appropriate for genealogical research;
  • understand the difference between the formats of reference notes and source lists;
  • understand the common elements of all source citations; and
  • understand the method for recording various records.

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

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.

Do I Need Anything Further?

NGS strongly recommends the book, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace and QuickSheet: Citing Ancestry.com Databases and Images by Elizabeth Shown Mills.3

Note: If you plan to take AGS: Beyond the Basics, Evidence Explained is required.

When Can I Start the Course?

Please allow three business days to receive an e-mail from NGS confirming registration and providing log in instructions. It is followed by a second e-mail from the NGS Education Department <notifications@instructure.com> linking you to the registration page.

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 and Source Citation

$75

$100

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

Term of Course

If you purchase AGS: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation, NGS gives the student access to the course for six months from the date of registration. If you purchase the bundle, you have six months for both courses.

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 or credits are available.

Certificate of Completion

Each person who successfully completes one of the components of the American Genealogical Studies series 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.

Questions?

Please refer to AGS: Guide to Documentation and Source Citation FAQs for additional information or contact the NGS Course Administrator at courses@ngsgenealogy.org.  

1 Certified Genealogist, CG, is a service mark of the Board for Certification of Genealogists® used by the Board to identify its program of genealogical competency evaluation and used under license by the Board’s associates.

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

3 Elizabeth Shown Mills, Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace, rev. ed. (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2012). Elizabeth Shown Mills, QuickSheet: Citing Ancestry.com Databases and Images, (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 2012).

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