How many books should I reference in a 5000 word essay?

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I'm writing an English Literature essay which has to be 5000 words. I would like to include references from the same book a number of times, but I'm unsure of how many books I should use, ideally.
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How long is a piece of string? Some people say you should aim for one reference for every 100 words. However, I think the quality of referencing is more important than quantity; a few appropriate and well-used sources are going to have much more impact than loads of only vaguely relevant and shoehorned-in sources. References should be used to support your content and be points of discussion, rather than be an exercise in including as many as possible. If you can't clearly justify the inclusion of a reference, then it shouldn't be included in your essay. Hope that helps.
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As many as you used my friend, 1 to 10 I would say as nowadays most of ther resources are obtained from websites, articles or whatever online
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