What’s the Evidence? How to Probe Documents Beyond the Obvious

Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL
Jun 23, 2023
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Welcome
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Class Overview
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Introduction
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John Watts
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Captain Walton
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Back to John
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Strategies
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What's the Evidence?
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Announcements / prizes
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Questions / answers
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About this webinar

Whatever our research dilemma, a correct solution depends upon a reliable evaluation of the evidence we are using. Evidence is not concrete. It is not definitive. It is not a source. It is not a fact. It is not “proof.” It is, instead, our interpretation of what a piece of information means. Evidence is both singular and collective. We analyze it piece by piece. We correlate each piece with everything else discoverable, and then we analyze the whole to reach conclusions that are reliable. This session walks us through the three levels at which each piece of information should be evaluated, in order to draw a reliable conclusion from it. The principles are then illustrated with a common but thorny problem: a Revolutionary War–era case study that might be called: How to Identify Someone Who’s Been Mangled by ‘Facts.’

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About the speaker

Across a long career, Elizabeth Shown Mills, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS, has been an innovator of research methods and strategies. Published widely by academic and popular presses, she edited a national-level scholarly journal for 16 years, taught
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    Harold Harrison
    5 months ago

    Thank You. Now I realize just how much I don’t know.

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    Elaine Drury
    5 months ago

    Thank you for sharing your knowledge, it was great

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    5 months ago

    Wonderful presentation as usual.

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    Barbara McGeachy
    5 months ago

    What an amazing researcher! She is the highest level of thoroughness and accuracy. Inspiriational!

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    Margaret Balcom
    5 months ago

    Any Elizabeth Shown Mills webinar is 5 star!! Thank you for sharing your wisdom!!

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    Della Zane
    5 months ago

    I love what I’m learning through the ESM webinars. She amazes me every time. Mind blown!

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    Teresa Dunlap
    5 months ago

    Demonstrated the ease of getting same name people confused.

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    5 months ago

    Another amazing webinar! So grateful to have this experience of listening and learning from Elizabeth.

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