Genealogists, like all researchers, need training. Most researchers are trained by their teachers, but it is usually the archivist or librarian who has to teach the genealogist. When I teach workshops, I try to share the following four useful rules for genealogists using archives, libraries, or courthouses, especially those at a distance. Maybe the rules should be posted for all researchers, not just genealogists.
"A Genealogist in Special Collections, or Schizophrenia in Wonderland,"
The Primary Source: Vol. 22
, Article 3.
Available at: http://aquila.usm.edu/theprimarysource/vol22/iss2/3