Ad fontes! (Check the primary sources!)

Mary Beard offers a salutary warning for everyone who uses the words of others. This doesn’t just apply to graduate students!

One of the things that you have to get into the heads of graduate student is the importance of always going back to the original source. You can’t ever trust the reports of others. If you quote an author from a quote in another author, the chances of error are just too high. You’d be amazed how often the quote isn’t actually accurate, or it’s torn misleadingly out of context and the original was actually saying something significantly different from what is claimed.

I trust that my students at HTC will be extra careful that their citations are accurate now!

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