I would like to refer a reader in my research text to the source of information. I wrote in my thesis: "confer Proposition X" or "confer Section A". However, the reviewers suggested I should use instead something like "we refer the reader to Proposition X". I would like to avoid this long form, as I refer a reader throughout the text a lot.
What would be the best way to refer a reader to the source of information using a short expression, ideally a single verb?
Let X be some source of information. My thoughts for several verbs are as follows:
- confer X: with this usage a reader may rather anticipate a discussion with some animate object as opposed to see some static source of information. Alternatively, confer is used to refer to the text for the purpose of making a comparison, but not without it.
- see X: the right meaning to refer a reader to the source of information, but it sounds less academic,
- consult X: sounds more academic and can refer a reader to the static source of information.
Is my reasoning about the meaning and connotation of the verbs correct? Can you think of some better verb to refer a reader to the source of information?