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    Just a few questions

    In my last feedback I was told that in my bibliography I have to distinguish between primary and secondary sources (is this like, the set texts vs everything I'm citing?). How do I go about wording this, it is literally "primary sources" sub heading and "secondary sources" heading? Are there any other distinctions between primary and secondary sources other than the thing you're analysing? I don't know why I'm so confused by this.

    Second question: Do I have to reference things that I have looked at but not included in footnotes? Is that recommended? If so, is there a separate section I need to distinguish this also?

    (Our uni uses the MHRA style guide if that helps, although this is very unclear on how to separate each section)

    Thank you!
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    Just a few questions

    In my last feedback I was told that in my bibliography I have to distinguish between primary and secondary sources (is this like, the set texts vs everything I'm citing?). How do I go about wording this, it is literally "primary sources" sub heading and "secondary sources" heading? Are there any other distinctions between primary and secondary sources other than the thing you're analysing? I don't know why I'm so confused by this.

    Second question: Do I have to reference things that I have looked at but not included in footnotes? Is that recommended? If so, is there a separate section I need to distinguish this also?

    (Our uni uses the MHRA style guide if that helps, although this is very unclear on how to separate each section)

    Thank you!
    Primary Sources are the original documents/ objects created under the certain time period. e.g. Magna Carta

    Secondary Sources are the information created later by someone who did not create the original document e.g. Book about Magna Carta in the 20th Century

    Yes just put both as sub-headings.

    I am not sure whether you have to cite the stuff that you didn't footnote, however, when in doubt overcite rather than undercite, so I would include them in your final bibliography if they are relevant just to be safe. Do not put this under another sub-heading.

    Hope this helps
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    Thanks for your help

    I have done a lot of outside reading but I haven't included it in the footnotes, I do kind of want to include them? Would it be confusing where they will be mixed in with all the stuff I have cited? Ahh I don't know lol
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    Thanks for your help

    I have done a lot of outside reading but I haven't included it in the footnotes, I do kind of want to include them? Would it be confusing where they will be mixed in with all the stuff I have cited? Ahh I don't know lol
    I would do it, just because perhaps you had included some parts of that book inadvertently in your essay and it would be better to cite that. Nah, it won't be that confusing I think. Overcote rather than undercite.

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