I know this will differ depending on the degree and of course the essay question. I submitted a 1500 word essay last week and I included 19 references, 14 different sources. I know that this might seem like quite a lot, the only reason I felt I needed to include this many was because it was a question on describing the actions of certain characters in a story, meaning that some of my quotes were taken straight from the text in order for me to analyse them. Does this seem like quite a lot? I argued some references off one another and I analysed thoroughly after each one. I am just after counting how many words I referenced altogether and it was 300, a fifth of my word count. I'm a bit worried as i was delighted with how well i had referenced and backed everything up, but now I'm worried that I might have over referenced.
PS the topic is Celtic Mythology (if that helps)
How many references in a 1500 word essay?
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