(Original post by restoration)
Just wanted people's opinions is 13 references to little for a 2,000 word essay the essay I have written is sort of like a literature exploration on ethics and clinical practice.
Hard to say without reading the essay but I would think not.
(Original post by Lord of the Flies)
You can't properly cover all of the important literature with a 2,000-word limit anyway.
Yes but a simple sentence like 'Bloggs (2002), Jones (2004) and Hewit (2001) also provide further exploration on this theme.' and then you've got 3 more papers in which show you've done the reading even if you don't have the space to analyse them further.
Well, I wrote a 4500 word essay and had about 35 consulted works in the bibliography. As long as you benefit from each reference, it can only help to ensure that the broadness of consulted works is made clear to the marker. I would say 13 is too little for 2000, but then you can't just jam irrelevant ones in for the hell of it. However, less footnotes can simply mean more original thought, so quantity is by no means a representative of quality