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    Hi, I'm trying to cut down my word count and was wondering if you can put additional information into footnotes, rather than having them in brackets in the body of an essay?
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    It is often frowned upon in university dissertations etc - precisely because they don't want it to be used as a way to get around the word count. Worth a look through the nitty gritty of your student handbook (or whatever they call the document that sets out the rules and requirements for written work) for rules on footnotes and appendices. Don't assume that what one person can do at their institution applies for you! These are institution rules regarding examined work not style guidelines on footnotes as would be used by publishers.

    EDIT: realised I have written this from a university stand point! If it is a school level essay, look at the exam board rules.
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    (Original post by Kiki09)
    It is often frowned upon in university dissertations etc - precisely because they don't want it to be used as a way to get around the word count. Worth a look through the nitty gritty of your student handbook (or whatever they call the document that sets out the rules and requirements for written work) for rules on footnotes and appendices. Don't assume that what one person can do at their institution applies for you! These are institution rules regarding examined work not style guidelines on footnotes as would be used by publishers.

    EDIT: realised I have written this from a university stand point! If it is a school level essay, look at the exam board rules.
    Thank you so much, I think this would apply to what i'm writing (Year 13 coursework), so will probably keep my footnotes to strictly references.
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    Hi Trotsky,

    Seems like you are in quite the conundrum again. Personally, I would recommend speaking to a member of staff in the relevant department at your institution, I'm sure that they will be able to provide some helpful insight.

    Hope this helps!

    LOL,
    emjol x
 
 
 
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