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Good Dissertation Advice

Nijay offers some thoughts on citing other scholars and reflects on some advice one of his mentors gave him during the writing phase of his dissertation:

At one point, this same mentor used the analogy that I was hiding behind my sledgehammer in my attempt to crack eggshells.

Discussion follows–I particular like Jason’s comment in which he quotes advice I. H. Marshall gave him:

Howard Marshall after my first few drafts, heavily laden with footnotes: “Let us remember that this is a British dissertation, not a German one. And the British have it right.”

Perhaps we should think of footnoting as an art form, not a science?

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