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Citation, Documentation of Sources
Q. Per CMOS, in author-date documentation style, the citation can be placed immediately after the name in the text. If you have multiple such references in a single paragraph, does it become awkward? E.g., Chuck (1990, 3n8) indicates his disagreement with the theory outlined by Gregg and Harris (1990, 383, 387). However, Sherry and Lang (1991, 77–81) criticize both arguments, as do Brown and Brown (1992, 93–98).
A. Yes, it’s awkward. Author-date style is awkward any way you slice it, although I’m told that scholars are used to it and don’t mind. I don’t see any way around the ugliness except to use notes and bibliography instead.