The web is littered with lots of examples of logs. The logs I find are usually portrait oriented. My first question is why portrait? I would landscape it without a second thought because I would want more space for each entry. If I really consider it, I'd make it an Excel spreadsheet but we won't go there in this post.
In looking at the logs that other people have created, I can see that the next planning item to tackle is to decide on the information I want to track in a log. Am I going to use a document numbering system? Will I use the log as my citation source? Will I want to include an evaluation of what I've found? Each of these questions and lots more need to be answered before I can put fingers to keys and begin to design a form.
If I think seriously about the information I'd want to collect, here are the types of column I'd include:
- Document Number: Will I use it?
- Date: When did I look for it?
- Repository: Where did I look for it? Is it an online link?
- Results: Did I find it or not?
- Abstract: Can I describe it in a few words?
- Analysis: How reliable do I think it is? What did I deduce from it?
- Source: What fields do I need to write a proper citation? Can I use my genealogy software to design these fields?
I'll stop for the moment and let you ponder what you are going to want to put in your form. I'm sure you can already see that this is going to be another series of posts as I figure out what I want to include in my form.