Citing records from the Louisiana Colonial Documents Digitization Project

Citing archival documents from a database requires a different approach from citing the same records you may have seen, physically, in an archive. You should only cite the item to which you’re referring. For example, if you visit the Louisiana Historical Center and look at one of the colonial documents from the archive, you should referencethatdocument. But if you look at the same document on lacolonialdocs.org, you should reference that document—that is, the digital version. Though they appear to contain the same content, they are treated differently.

Citation elements for lacolonialdocs.org

URL

lacolonialdocs.org

Document identification number

varies

Database

Louisiana Colonial Documents Digitization Project

Repository

Louisiana State Museum Historical Center

Record group (two options)

Judicial Records of the French Superior Council

Spanish Judicial Records

Record item

varies

Citation example: bibliography

record group + repository + database + URL

Example:

Judicial Records of the French Superior Council. Louisiana State Museum Historical Center. Louisiana Colonial Documents Digitization Project. www.lacolonialdocs.org.

Citation example: footnotes and endnotes

record item + record group + repository + database + document ID

Example:

  1. François Fleuriau, inspection report, November 1, 1725, Judicial Records of the French Superior Council, Louisiana State Museum Historical Center, Louisiana Colonial Documents Digitization Project 1725-11-01-01.

Record item: François Fleuriau, inspection report, November 1, 1725

Record group: Judicial Records of the French Superior Council

Repository:Louisiana State Museum Historical Center

Database:Louisiana Colonial Documents Digitization Project

Document ID: 1725-11-01-01

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