Reference Resources

An overview of reference materials and resources.

Caveat(s)

  • Remember that GeneralRobertMonro.com is under construction and will be for quite some time.
  • I bought Websites for Idiots & had to quit after two chapters – I’m learning, but: the things I know are few, the things I don’t know are many and the things I don’t know that I don’t know are legion.
  • Material posted now is, in part, designed to allow web-pages to be created and to which more can later be added without much effort.
  • Note that many entries in this Bibliography pertain to areas/themes barely connected to RM’s military career. Please peruse My Point of View and note the eclectic approach GeneralRobertMonro.com is taking.
  • If there are questions or suggestions, please contact me.

Elucidation/Clarification of the Bibliography:

  • GeneralRobertMonro.com Bibliography Style Format & Why
  • Annotation
  • Footnote Style Format
  • Bibliography Directory
  • Abbreviations & Acronyms Used

GeneralRobertMonro.com Bibliography Style Format & Rationale:

  • It may be untrue, but it surely seems that anything written for publication must follow a style format which is ALWAYS somewhat different from all other – including various standard – style formats. In particular, spacing, spelling, abbreviations and punctuation usage requirements differ greatly. Creating a bibliography for GeneralRobertMonro thus required developing/following a consistent format/methodology. Since New Hart’s Rules: The Handbook of Style for Writers and Editors (Oxford UP) offers the greatest flexibility, its basic guidelines are applied. The best advice offered? ‘A decision [regarding what to include/exclude] … should be applied consistently to all citations. 1Thus, there is only one guarantee: posted entries will make sense and will contain whatever bibliographical information I have provided in the past. This should make it possible for you to follow whatever style sheet required of you.
  • Where known, multiple editions, reprints, et al., are noted.
  • The web is revolutionizing access to material. Almost everything listed was researched the old-fashioned way: dig & locate; copy or photocopy; notate or transcribe; utilize & footnote. Where known, access to
  • The language setting is English (United Kingdom).
  • Primary material style format. This too is difficult to standardize, especially the issue of ‘to modernize or not to modernize’? Posted will be as written/published, i.e., you may modernize if you wish.
  • Future plans include linking bibliographical entries with primary materials which will include: bibliographical information (as was/modernized); the material – document, pamphlet, whatever (as was/modernized); and analysis.

Annotation:

  • At present, there will be very little annotation of secondary material beyond providing catalogue information, such as Library of Congress or British Library designations. Only LC &/or BL numbers presently now listed in my various bibliographies are included.
  • Synopses & comments regarding primary documents/materials may be added.
  • For now, few specific documents from document collections are listed. As the site evolves, more information will be included in the bibliography as well as linkage to Chronology and to Published & Printed Material.
  • Future plans include linking bibliographical entries with primary materials which will include: bibliographical information (as was/modernized); the material – document, pamphlet, whatever (as was/modernized); and analysis.
  • POV noted [not much analysis yet].
  • Feedback?

Footnote Style Format:

  • Footnote problem(s) are basically the same as problems with the bibliography. Style format will be as noted above.
  • Footnotes in my published & presented material were often extensive and overly long. Explanatory footnotes were either incorporated into the text or were removed. Extensive listings of sources as a demonstration of professional competence is no longer necessary and has been relegated to various appendices.
  • As many sources are repeatedly utilized, reworked footnotes are ‘minimalist’ by design – even first citations. Provided is enough information to locate needed data in the bibliography.
  • The biggest ‘improvement’(?)/innovation occurs where a citation covers a series/volume/page number. For example, instead of : second series of the Register of the Privy Council of Scotland, volume 7, pp. 571–2, it is cited 2 RPCS 7:571–2. No italics, no Roman numerals, & no ser., vol. or pp. Bibliography has requisite general information [Register of the Privy Council of Scotland, 1569–1707. Various editors. 3 series, 36 vols. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1890–1933] as well as more specific information [2 RPCS 7, 1638–43 (1906)].
  • Re-formatting footnotes means resolving a constant barrage of new issues and questions. This is especially true of primary materials. Consistency is the goal.

Abbreviations Used in Footnotes & Bibliography:

  • If you hate the abbreviations and acronyms, you’ll just have to live with them. Even I had to learn how to txt.
  • If you forget a meaning of an abbreviation, click Bibliography and then click Abbreviations in the navigation menu.
  • At some point, abbreviations and acronyms will be listed alphabetically and by category.

1 New Hart’s Rules, 331.