I've been participating in a series of lively conversations over at the Transitional Genealogist's Forum on RootsWeb about source citations and I highly recommend the site for those like my who are moving from genealogy hobbyist to genealogy professional. There is even a RSS feed for those who want to follow the conversation in their blog reader.
I wanted to share one trick that I've developed in citing my sources and linking the digital images for those citations. In summary, it involves editing the metadata comments of the image and adding the source citation. This way, if I share the image with a fellow researcher, they can get the source citation automatically and I don't need to send it separately or my entire research log.
Here's how I've done it:
1. Create the source citation. I do this in my research log.
2. Highlight the source citation text, right-click with the mouse (or press F10) and from the Shortcut Menu and select Copy.
3. Go to the saved digital image in Windows Explorer.
4. Select the image and with the mouse, right-click and select Properties. Then select the Details tab.
5. Click in the Comments field and then right-click and select Paste. The source citation text from the research log will appear.
6. Click OK. The source citation is now embedded into the image properties.
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