Is 40 References too much for a 3000 word essay? Watch
I've been working on an essay for the past couple of weeks and have read around 13-15 journal articles and have somehow used 40 references within these 15 journals (ie. as alternative theories etc).
Anyway, the essay is 3000 words long and i'm just wondering whether I should drop a few refereneces or do you think 40 is allowed? I was thinking around 20 would be the maximum amount?
Anyone have any ideas? It's due in in two weeks and I have three others to do (plus dissertation work) so i'm kinda panicking.
Also, how much is it supposed to be your own opinion, and how much other people's opinions? Because if the majority of the essay is other people's opinions, that's not normally a good sign
That said my general rule of thumb is one reference per 100 words
But essentially, 40 is not too many, it just really depends how you've structured your essay/used your references.