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From: "Cheri Casper" <>
Subject: RE: [GENBOX] Enough Author Types?
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2004 08:16:34 -0800
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Paul - The simpliest way would be to make your Short Title read "Letter,
Martin Luther King to James Earl Carter." Then make the Short Citation
format include only the variables for Short Title and Date.


-----Original Message-----
From: Paul J. Harris [mailto:]
Sent: Tuesday, February 17, 2004 7:35 PM
Subject: [GENBOX] Enough Author Types?

Hello quiet list,

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have recently begun mining a lot of
correspondence for source citations. This brings to my attention a
limitation that I am wondering if anyone else sees in the same light.

Genbox has done an exceptional job of replicating the Mills citation formats
(much better than TOP), and provided us with very powerful tools to create
our own, but I seem to be seeing a severe limitation in dealing with Authors
of correspondence.

In Mills examples of Letters and E-mails, appropriately, the full name of
the Author is given in the Primary AND Secondary citations. This is handled
differently from say, a book, which has a Title to go with the Author's
name, therefore, only requiring the Author's last name in subsequent
citations as the source is actually identified by the Title, more
specifically the combination of Author surname and Title. The situation is
quite different with correspondence, which does not have a Title.

Genbox Author Types, with the exception of Agency, are all dealt with in the
same way for Primary vs. Secondary citations, i.e.., full name for Primary,
surname only for Secondary. By using the Agency Author Type, you can get the
full name in the Secondary citation, but then the name will not reverse
(surname, first name) in the bibliographic form, as it should, according to
Mills and common sense. I can find no way, short of hard coding the name, to
get full name in Primary AND Secondary citations, AND get the reversal in
the bibliography.

It appears to me that what we are really going to need to get the proper
output is an additional Author Type to select from the drop-down list,
perhaps called 'Correspondent,' which would be interpreted by Genbox to
render the full name for Primary AND Secondary citations, the reverse the
name for the bibliography. It seems that as long as we rely on the
automation that this may be what is needed. Otherwise, we need codes for

What do others think?


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