Q. How many references should you use in a 4 to 6 page essay?
The best person to ask is your Instructor, to see what his/her expectations are for the essay.
There is no official rule, as every paper is different with varying requirements specified by the Instructor.
If your Instructor is not clear, here are some general guidelines:
- Usually 3-4 reliable sources should be sufficient.
- This should be enough external information to complement your original thoughts/ideas.
- With too many sources, the essay becomes a compilation of opinions from other writers instead of your own.
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