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From: Kathy Lenerz <>
Subject: Secondary citation for multi-level sources
Date: Tue, 04 Jan 2005 20:50:28 -0500


Those of you who don't use or care about multi-level sourcing can delete
this message. For the rest . . .

I set up a multi-level source where a church record book is the higher
level source and each entry (e.g., baptism, marriage) is the lower level
source. The lower level templates I'm using (with examples) are as follows:

Primary:
<[DOC TITLE], ><[ITAL][SOURCE TITLE][ITAL0]>< ([DOC DATE])><, [DOC
QUALIFIER]><, [REPOSITORY PLACE]><, microfilm no. [SOURCE QUALIFIER]><,
[CD]><, [PUBLISHER]><, [PUB PLACE].>< Hereafter cited as: [ITAL][SOURCE
SHORT TITLE][ITAL0]><. Text: [EXCERPT].>

Example:
Magdalena Lenertz baptismal record, _Britten, St. Wendelin: Taufen,
1798-1836; Firmungen_ (1805), p. 28, entry no. 69, Bistumsarchiv Trier,
Trier, Germany, microfilm no. 1858655, item 2, Family History Library, Salt
Lake City, Utah. Hereafter cited as: Britten Baptisms, 1798-1836.

Secondary:
<[ITAL][SOURCE SHORT TITLE][ITAL0]><, [DOC QUALIFIER]><, [CD]>< ([DOC
DATE])><[*], [PUBLISHER]><, [SOURCE LOCATER]>< film no. [SOURCE
QUALIFIER]><. Text: [EXCERPT].>

Example:
_Britten Baptisms, 1798-1836_ (1805), p. 28, entry no. 69, FHL film no.
1858655, item 2.

According to the help file, "When sources are linked to a higher source,
the templates used in a citation will be those of the FIRST (lowest)
source, which is linked directly to the citation record." It seems
inappropriate for the full higher level source information to be repeated
for each lower level source (e.g., baptismal entry), however, that is
exactly what happens. Example:

Magdalena Lenertz baptismal record, _Britten, St. Wendelin: Taufen,
1798-1836; Firmungen_ (1805), p. 28, entry no. 69, Bistumsarchiv Trier,
Trier, Germany, microfilm no. 1858655, item 2, Family History Library, Salt
Lake City, Utah. Hereafter cited as: _Britten Baptisms, 1798-1836_;
Catharina Lehnerts baptismal record, _Britten, St. Wendelin: Taufen,
1798-1836; Firmungen_ (1810), p. 50, entry no. 5, Bistumsarchiv Trier,
Trier, Germany, microfilm no. 1858655, item 2, Family History Library, Salt
Lake City, Utah. Hereafter cited as: _Britten Baptisms, 1798-1836_; Michael
Lenert baptismal record, _Britten, St. Wendelin: Taufen, 1798-1836;
Firmungen_ (1814), p. 70, entry no. 31, Bistumsarchiv Trier, Trier,
Germany, microfilm no. 1858655, item 2, Family History Library, Salt Lake
City, Utah. Hereafter cited as: _Britten Baptisms, 1798-1836_.

It would be better if the secondary citation template is triggered when the
higher level source is cited a second time, not when the lower level source
is cited a second time. Example:

Magdalena Lenertz baptismal record, _Britten, St. Wendelin: Taufen,
1798-1836; Firmungen_ (1805), p. 28, entry no. 69, Bistumsarchiv Trier,
Trier, Germany, microfilm no. 1858655, item 2, Family History Library, Salt
Lake City, Utah. Hereafter cited as: _Britten Baptisms, 1798-1836_;
Catharina Lehnerts baptismal record, _Britten Baptisms, 1798-1836_ (1810),
p. 50, entry no. 5; Michael Lenert baptismal record, _Britten Baptisms,
1798-1836_, (1814) p. 70, entry no. 31.

I can't think of an instance where it would be OK to repeat the higher
level source in a citation. Even for the example depicted in the help
file– a chapter within a book– it seems inappropriate to repeat the
complete bibliographic information every time a different chapter is cited
from within the same book.

Questions:
1. Any thoughts on this?
2. Is there any way to prevent the higher level source from being repeated
every time a new lower level source is cited?

Looking forward to your thoughts,
Kathy




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