Thanks for all the replies.
Yes, I’m beginning to think it’s probably best to use the Volume/Page for much more than (or something different from) volume & page, as @StoltHD suggests, so that a search will find it. I hadn’t thought of that, as I was following the volume/page idea. It does seem a little odd to have to replicate info that’s already in the source. In bibliographic terms, I’ve been thinking of the Citation as a simple page or line number, stuff that’s added to the Source, not that replicates it. So putting all the biblio into the Citation seems like it shows the inadequacy of the model.
So, in the case of including a long reference, would it not make sense to rename that field to something like “Citation reference” or maybe add another field (as I’m suggesting with “title”)?
It occurs to me that another solution would be to improve the search box for sources/citations so that when sources are found, they always show their citations.
Just to be clear, the citation search really doesn’t work otherwise. Here’s an example scenario to show that:
I have an obituary article from a newspaper. It lists surviving family. I used it a week ago when I was entering the death data for the deceased and now and I want to use that as evidence that one of the deceased sisters was married and add that same citation to the sister’s marriage event.
I enter the new event, click to add an existing citation, and now the search (or filter?) options will find me things related to the volume/page of the citation or the title of the source, or the ID or last change. Goodness knows I can’t remember what page the story was on, so I can’t actually find the citation directly. If I go to the source by scrolling, I’ve got dozens of citations for it and I can’t see from the visible info which one is the correct one. So I close the event and go find the citations in the citations window, which has better search/filter capabilities.
Again, to be repetitive, the solution is to make identifiable info visible for citations in the citation search/filter. Suggested solutions so far:
- Put much more complete info into Volume/Page in the citation. (I’d add that changing the name of this field would then make sense.) (If this is a best practice, perhaps it could go into the wiki?)
- Create a new field explicitly for such info. (I started this by suggesting it be “Title”, but whatever works.)
- Have all citations show up when Sources are found in the dialog instead of only showing the citations that match the search.