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Title: Source notes for quotes in NF PB
Post by: nancy-karuzis on March 11, 2021, 03:07 PM
I am looking for a guide for correctly noting sources of quotes that are taken from a documentary or a publication. Lately I have seen several picture books that have a bibliography and then a separate source list for quotes used within the story.  Any suggestions?
Title: Re: Source notes for quotes in NF PB
Post by: dkshumaker on March 11, 2021, 04:22 PM
I'm assuming you can find specifics for citing different types of sources here:
https://style.mla.org/

I would also just use the PBs you see as models and arrange your bibliography and a source list for quotes like it.  So:
Bibliography:
(List them here)

Sources for Quotes:
(List them here)

If you don't have it the way the publisher likes it, they'll ask you to redo it in their style if it comes to that. Doing it incorrectly isn't going to make or break a deal as long as they can see the type of research that you did.
                                                                                                               
Title: Re: Source notes for quotes in NF PB
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on March 11, 2021, 09:05 PM
Another option is to use Chicago Style: citation info can be found here https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html. But every publisher is different, so just choose one and be consistent with it. That shows you are a professional. The particular style you choose really does not matter.
Title: Re: Source notes for quotes in NF PB
Post by: kwlarson on March 12, 2021, 07:06 AM
Whether quotes for sources get pulled out separately is normally a publisher decision, so I wouldn't sweat it. If you want, you could put an asterisk next to sources for quotes in your bibliography. Then if your publisher wants to pull them separately, it will be easier to do so.
Title: Re: Source notes for quotes in NF PB
Post by: Vijaya on March 12, 2021, 07:42 AM
I wouldn't worry about the format. Choose one and be consistent. But what I like to do is to have one clean copy (so that the editor can read for flow) and another that's footnoted. I do this for myself because it can be months or years before the story goes to print and by that time, I won't remember which little factoid goes with which source. So it's for my sanity and for fact-checking. And editors will thank you for it too :)
Title: Re: Source notes for quotes in NF PB
Post by: dkshumaker on March 12, 2021, 10:53 AM
V, I do the same thing - have a footnoted copy for when/if I need to provide supporting documentation. It's the best habit I've created and saved me a lot of headache months or years after doing the research!
Title: Re: Source notes for quotes in NF PB
Post by: nancy-karuzis on March 12, 2021, 02:11 PM
I'm so glad I asked. V & D, I agree, going back to document the facts even a month later can be a pain. Trying to stay ahead of the documentation.
Thank you all for your suggestions.