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    Your uni might have specific guidelines where they tell you roughly how many sources you should be referring to, so you should check that out first. I think using 40 footnotes in an essay of that length sounds like a hell of a lot. You shouldn't write your essay according to a set number of books that you need; you should use as many books as it takes to write your essay.

    However if you were using around six-ish books (which is probably around about how many books I was using) and were getting upper seconds and firsts, you must have been doing something right, so I wouldn't alter that radically now that you have an increased wordcount by 500, unless you find that your point requires more references.
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    Thanks that was really helpful. My department doesn't specify the number of sources to use but I think I'll keep to around 6/7, depending how many I need to get my point across. How many foot notes do you think is perfectly adequate for an essay of 2,500 to 3,000 words?
    As many as it takes to write the essay. There is no perfectly adequate number of footnotes in the same way as there is no perfectly adequate number of books. I would say that forty seems like a lot, but if that's how many it took you, and you are getting 2.1s and 1sts, then I'd carry on the way you are to be honest.
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    Depends how many books/journals you need to consult to write a good essay. I would say in my 2nd year I was using about 10-15 sources, sometimes more for a 2500-3000 word essay.
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    For 2500 - 3000 words, my bibliographies were about a page long and probably 30-40 footnotes ish and I get 1sts
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    As a politics student, my rule of thumb was one unique citation per 100 words.

    So a 3,000 word essay would have a 30-item bibliography, or thereabouts.
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    Footnotes being.. a piece of research or something?
    Oh my god I'm going to die.


    *puts head back in sand*
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    Footnotes being "I stole that quote or bit of info from this source"
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    Footnotes depend on the referencing style you use then I assume. As I use the Harvard system, whereby you just write a list of sources at the end rather than footnotes on each page.
 
 
 
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