Q:When you put an image from NARA's holdings on line, why do you not also cite the photo identification number? That number provides a direct link to the image for anyone interested in it, and to other related images. I know you have it listed elshewhere, but it takes several links before you actually get to the correct citation - an image from the holdings should always be properly cited.
We agree — which is why we always try to directly link to the items in the National Archives’ online catalog via the Tumblr “Source” link (highlighted below in 2 variations).
With one click you can access the authoritative item entry, source image, other metadata and can dig further into that series if you want to research more.
If we are reblogging another post that lacks a source link, or posting an item that’s not in the online catalog then we try our best to include as much of the citation as we’re able to.
(Another advantage of the Tumblr Source link is that it’s persistent and cannot be changed or removed by other rebloggers.)
Thanks for writing!
Source link as it appears on todaysdocument.tumblr.com:
Source link as it appears in the Tumblr Dashboard:
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