Citation of archival records
Whenever records from State Records’ collection are reproduced or referred to - in papers, publications or on a website - they should be accurately cited.
Correct citations enable other researchers to verify the accuracy of any statements made, and will assist in locating those same records for further research. References to archival records differ from references to books or other types of published material. A book is a separate entity, with an author and title. An archival record is usually unpublished and is often just one item in a series of items created or maintained by an agency or person. Correct citations provide a guide to the origin as well as the location of the records. The citation elements we recommend are as follows:
1. State Records of South Australia (or SRSA if abbreviated)
2. State Records reference number for the series and series sub-unit (noted on the record or container)
3. Name of the agency responsible for the record
4. Record series title
5. Item description (if different from the series title)
6. Relevant date or page number.
Examples of full and brief citations are given below.
Full citation: State Records of South Australia GRG 78/49 Royal Adelaide Hospital, Admission registers, volume 6 for 1910
Brief citation: SRSA GRG 78/49/6 (1910)
Files or dockets
Full citation: State Records of South Australia GRG 24/6 Chief Secretary's Office, Inwards correspondence, file no. 134 of 1867
Brief citation: SRSA GRG 24/6/1867/134
Note: To distinguish between the year and the file number, the year should be underlined.
Maps and plans
Full citation: State Records of South Australia GRS 6908/1 Department of Lands, Rack plans, plan 34, drawer 12
Brief citation: SRSA GRS 6908/1, plan 34, drawer 12
Full citation: State Records of South Australia GRG 41/34 Customs Department, Official lists of passengers arriving in South Australia from overseas, list for 1904, Barrabool
Brief citation: SRSA GRG 41/34/1904, Barrabool
Note: To distinguish that a number is a year and not a file number, the year should be underlined.