I'm a third year so I should know this, but referencing has always confused me. Obviously I know to include all used works in the bibliography, but I always come unstuck as to when to reference in the essay (footnotes). Is this about right:
-Well known event, statement of facts that have happened (not needed)
-Quotes, paraphrasing, specific statistics (needed)
For example I've taken notes describing the general events of a certain international debate, is this common knowledge or would sources still have to be cited?
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- Thread Starter
- 11-12-2010 17:27
- 11-12-2010 20:31
Depends on the type of essay and the subject
Based on my experience in law, for coursework etc. then you will be footnoting extensively. The basic idea is that you have evidence for every statement you make. No assertions. If something is blatently obvious, then you don't need a footnote, but if there can be any doubt whatsoever then footnote.
In general essays done throughout the year, I wouldn't footnote at all. This is because the subjects were assessed by exam, and I'm hardly going to use footnotes in the exam - evidence went in the body of the essay, like it would in the exam.