Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Who is right?

A question at the new CMOS Q&A reads:
I have an examiner of a doctoral thesis criticizing footnotes because they renumber at every new chapter, starting at 1. Presumably he wants them to flow from one (1) to the last number sequentially through the entire thesis. Who is right?
Who is right? Who is right? The man is your dissertation examiner! HE IS.

CMOS says, by the way,
Almost all the books that we publish at the University of Chicago restart the numbering of notes (whether footnotes or endnotes) at 1 at the beginning of each chapter. Rarely do the notes number all the way through a book. That said, there’s no single “correct” way; it’s simply a matter of style.

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At 9:39 AM, December 05, 2012 Anonymous Mark P had this to say...

My advisor criticized (in a good-natured way) some of the writing in my dissertation. He especially enjoyed it because I had been a writer (at least a reporter) in my previous life. I disagreed with him, but I changed it and didn't argue. Good advisors are hard to find.

At 5:06 PM, December 05, 2012 Anonymous Kathie had this to say...

Would the university at which the candidate is pursuing a doctorate have a list of instructions for dissertation format that would cover such matters as footnote protocol?


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