User talk:Rockhead126

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Images of early 20th century Virginia politicians[edit]

You've done a nice job uploading a bunch of images for early 20th century Virginia politicians (e.g. File:Henry T Wickham.jpg, File:Alfred C Smith 1920.jpg, File:Robert_F_Leedy_1916.jpg, etc.) However, a whole bunch of them have as their source simply "Library of Virginia". That isn't enough information for someone to verify the image. The source should be an address to the web page where you found it, a citation for the book you scanned it from, or similar. I'd hate to mark all of these images as having insufficient source information. Where did you obtain these images? I'd be happy to assist you in updating the source for these images if you could provide more details about where you got them. —RP88 01:09, 13 October 2013 (UTC)

Thanks a lot. After seeing how little there was online about the history of the Virginia General Assembly, I decided to devote most of my time contributing to changing that. Anyway, the Library of Virginia has an online collection here containing Senate and House of Delegates composite photos. I've been cropping the images from there. I stopped copying the URL in order to save time, as I usually upload en masse, but I didn't realize that what I was doing wasn't sufficient. I'll definitely be sure to add it in the future, and, for now, I'll get started on updating the source information on images I've already uploaded. More to come. Rockhead126 (talk) 20:29, 14 October 2013 (UTC)
Those URLs look like search URLs with embedded session information. In my experience URLs like that stop working pretty quickly. In fact, looking back at some of your older uploaded images on which you did put Library of Virginia search URLs, they have already gone stale and no longer work (e.g. File:C_Harding_Walker_1916.jpg's link doesn't work any more). It would be great to put more information, such as information from the catalog entry. In addition the little "e-mail" icon in their catalog entries sends you an e-mail with links that appear to persistent links. For example, for the 1922 composite photo of the Virginia house of delegates, this is its catalog entry link and this is it's image viewer link. A great way to handle composite photos is to upload the entire composite photo with lots of details on how you obtained that photo. The individual crops can be much more succinct about the source, so long as they identify the image they were extracted from (the template {{Extracted from}} can be handy for this. I'll see if I can give you a hand. —RP88 22:11, 14 October 2013 (UTC)