The UVic Writer's Guide
Offering Incidental Or Further Information
One way of dealing with the exasperating problem that you face
when you find something truly interesting, but know that it is
not central to your argument (and will lead to the comment in
the margin "Relevance?") is to put your digression into a footnote.
The other way is to excercise self-discipline and leave the fascinating
information in your notes.
Sometimes you may wish to support a point in a fuller, more technical
way than the smooth development of you argument will allow; again,
you can put the extra information into a footnote where it is
available if the reader wishes to consult it.
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