When you use a text-based primary source — such as a newspaper, a magazine, a city directory, information you found in the Census, etc — you must always cite it.
IMPORTANT: Please note that if you are including an image of the source, when you upload it to the Media Library you must ALWAYS include a full citation in the “captions” box.
Here are some examples that will come in handy:
Newspaper and Magazine articles/advertisements:
This article does not have a byline — in other words, the author of the article is not listed in the original source, and is therefore not known to us. If that’s the case, just start the citation with the article title.
You do not have to include page numbers when citing city directories. It is helpful for your reader, however, if you briefly describe the image in the caption. You can do that in the caption box in the Media Library, or you can edit the caption once you’ve added the media to your post.
Census Manuscripts (from Ancestry.com):
This image has been downloaded from Ancestry.com, a genealogical research website available to you through the GSU Library. The roll/page/enumeration district information can be cut-and-pasted from the Ancestry website. You can make the whole census manuscript page available to readers (if you click on it a hi-res image comes up) …
… or you can take a snapshot of a piece of the image, like this: