Following on my thoughts on writing yesterday, this was a topic that didn’t fit (the post got too long ;).  So here we go..  Colleagues have written that citations are important. If you’re making a claim, you should be able to back it up. On the other hand, if you’re citing what you think is ‘received wisdom’, do you need to bother?  Pondering…

Now, citations can interfere with the flow, I believe. If not the reading, they can interfere with the flow of my writing! (And, I’ve been accused of ‘name dropping‘, where instead I believe it’s important to both acknowledge prior work and show that you know what’s been done.) Still, it’s important to know what to cite, and when.

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