Blues- African-American musical form dealing with sorrows, trials and tribulations
Blue –Australian slang for making a mistake. As in “I made a blue”
So its possible, (particularly if you are Australian), to have the blues about making a blue. A state that academic writers want to avoid if at all possible. And particularly doctoral writers.
One place to avoid getting the blues about making blues is in citations. The references you make to other people’s work.
When examiners read dissertations and reviewers read papers, they are always aware of in-text citations. They don’t necessarily look for them but they see them. They will almost always pick up the four most common citation mistakes – if they are present. And if these citations are problematic and numerous, reviewers and examiners may well leap to the conclusion that the writer hasn’t done enough careful reading. They have been cavalier with the…
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