ColeValleyGirl proposed the question:
Evidence Explained by Elizabeth Shown Mills (Mills, Elizabeth Shown. Evidence Explained: Citing History Sources from Artifacts to Cyberspace. Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 2009.) is a citation guide widely used by genealogists and family historians. Are there any other citation guides in use, or is this the de facto standard in the field?
Even though this is very much the sort of information genealogists want to know, this to me was very much a "list" question which is not the sort desired for the expert questions and answers desired on Stack Exchange sites.
ColeValleyGirl and I started discussing this in the comments for the question, but the discussion was getting so long, I thought it best to move it here to meta, and allow others to express their opinions.
Here was the discussion to date:
Your question asks for an open-ended list of citation guides and comparing and contrasting them all, which makes it not a good question. The FAQ says "chatty, open-ended questions diminishes the usefulness of our site". I'd recommend you make your question much more specific. What is the problem you are trying to solve? – lkessler 2 days ago
Might this question, @lkessler, be acceptable if the question were rewritten as, "What are style guides (for citations)? Is there a standard guide for genealogy and family history?" My thought it that the revised question can be answered and it will probably result in answers that provide the same information ColeValleyGirl is seeking. – GeneJ 2 days ago
@lkessler Was the question acceptable before I added the second part asking for pros and cons? It seems to me that the first part isn't open-ended, and is exactly what I need to know: what else is out there besides Evidence Explained? – ColeValleyGirl 2 days ago
@ColeValleyGirl - Better without the pros and cons. But there are actually dozens (if not more) citation guides in use. If every answer listed one, you'd have a list of the type they don't want. I interpret that what you really want to know is whether or not you should be using Shown Mills as your citation guide. – lkessler yesterday
@lkessler, no, I don't want to be told whether I should be using Shown Mills. I want to know if there are alternatives I could explore. – ColeValleyGirl yesterday
@ColeValleyGirl - Then in that case, it's not an appropriate question for the Q&A. There are plenty of other places you can get lists of alternatives. To make it a valid question, you have to have a problem you're trying to solve. Why do you need to know of alternatives? What is it that Shown Mills is not allowing you to do? What do you find missing from Shown Mills. Those are more appropriate questions meant for experts, and people will answer and if appropriate, suggest another guide that solves your particular problem. – lkessler 16 hours ago
@lkessler Thanks for working with me on this. If it's not appropriate to ask for a list of Citation Style Guides specifically for Family Historian/Genealogy , is it appropriate to ask where I could find a list. Because I've looked, and the answer is always: Evidence Explained. Which is a fine guide if you're dealing primarily with US sources, but still leaves a lot of work to do if you're applying it to English and Welsh sources, for example. – ColeValleyGirl 11 hours ago
As she says above in one of her comments, what she really wants to know is: "What else is out there beside Evidence Explained?"
So my question to everyone, on behalf of ColeValleyGirl, is how does she rephrase her question so that it is expressed in a way that is to solve a problem she faces that an expert can answer and won't result in just an open-ended list of citation guides?
(Do, however, take note of the fact that ACProctor gave an excellent answer to the question, almost as if it was rephrased to solve ColeValleyGirl's problem.)