Referencing archives

I’ve long been a user of Zotero (the referencing software from George Mason University and the Centre for History and New Media). Like all referencing software, even one ostensibly built for historians, it does not cope well with archives – is it a letter, a manuscript or a document? What if I don’t want MS as a prefix? Where are fonds or series? How do I cite an archival map, image or database?

Today, I found the Harvard University Research Guide to archival referencing in Zotero, and while it does not answer the questions above, it does provide a starting point:

Now all we need to do is talk to the various referencing style gurus, and get them to include correct archival description in their style manuals.




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