Challenges retrieving scanned reels via microfilm or DGS # in Catalog search
Let's say I were to use a citation that looked something like this (with a microfilm # and a total images (in that scanned film):
1940 United States census population schedule for [State], [County], [City/Town], [Subdivision], enumeration district XX, sheet XX-X, rows XX-XX ([Last, First M.I.] household); FamilySearch.org microfilm XXX image XXX (of XXX).
The *challenge* with this citation design--which I haven't instituted (but want to!)--is that there doesn't seem to be an easy way to drop right into the panel view of a microfilm, by entering a Film # or DGS #. Let's take for instance microfilm # 5461666. Search that via Catalog, and you'll end up with a catalog listing for 1940 U.S. census population schedules for Michigan. Clicking that will present a list of many microfilms, requiring some scrolling and remembering before 5461666 is found in a long list. And upon arriving to there, we see that 5461666 is a DGS number (thereby making me question if I should cite it as a microfilm # in the first place).
DGS numbers don't have a search box however, in Catalog--at least that I can find--which makes my little citation idea sort of a challenge---now I have to call it a microfilm # (which is a search field in Catalog search). Where this gets a little more confusing, though, is when the camera icon is pressed for this DGS record, the thumbnail feel of the scanned images shows the "Film #" as the very same same number---a good thing!
So the question becomes: is it even feasible at this point in time, to use a shortened citation like the one I proposed above, which aims to just reference an image number followed by total images in the reel (e.g. "image 36 of 814"). Is there a way to do this right now that is reliable?
Thanks in advance!
Ryan in Michigan
ps: I put a post on here last December that was similar to this topic, though it was much too wordy and therefore probably too confusing.
The URL for the above microfilm is also https://www.familysearch.org/search/film/005461666 where the last number is the DGS number, or if the whole URL does not display https://www.familysearch.org/ with search/film/005461666
You would think it would be easy enough for FamilySearch to derive a format to add the image number, but I don't know if this has been done