Okay, I said I wouldn’t do this, I know. And Michael Drout, even, said how he deplored it. But by the time you read this I will have had to gently to explain to my students after their first batch of essays about the following things that I don’t think they should be citing as further reading:
- genealogy websites (except Nat Taylor’s) because when people will pay you to research their ancestry it is more profitable to write as if the evidence is there;
- wargaming websites, especially ones that I found Googling for lecture images so know about already, not that it’s a bad site but guys guys it is the nature of wargaming to encourage the counterfactual and are you sure you can tell are you really;
- my own lecture handouts, I mean yes hopefully right but not peer-reviewed, you know?
We are here well into the realm of ‘things I never thought to tell my students not to do’ (does someone know where that was? Can’t find it now…). Well, OK, now I have, and they know what will happen…