RE: Use of word "reference" when cross referencing

Subject: RE: Use of word "reference" when cross referencing
From: "Wright, Lynne" <Lynne -dot- Wright -at- Kronos -dot- com>
To: Lin Sims <ljsims -dot- ml -at- gmail -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2018 12:49:15 +0000

Using "reference" as a verb is grammatically correct; but to me, its too formal, clunky, and outdated.

Why say "reference section x for more information" when "see section x for details"; or even just "see section x" is less formal/more modern, and complies with the tech writing principle of "shorter and simpler is better"?

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From: techwr-l-bounces+lynne -dot- wright=kronos -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com <techwr-l-bounces+lynne -dot- wright=kronos -dot- com -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> On Behalf Of Lin Sims
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Subject: Use of word "reference" when cross referencing

Has anyone seen any manual that uses the word "reference" when referring to material that is in another location? As in, "Reference section <section
name> for more information."

I was taught to use "See section <section name> for more information." when the information is in the same document, and to use "Refer to <document
name>" when the information is external to the document.

Every time I see "Reference <section name>", I come to a screeching halt.
My co-worker insists this is proper usage, but I just can't get my mind around it.

References (heh) to correct usage would be appreciated. I've been looking but so far I can't find ANYTHING that addresses this.

We really need a style guide.

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Lin Sims
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