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New Zealand Studies: A Guide to Bibliographic Resources

14. Conclusion

14. Conclusion

In 1950 in The Maori Land League Keith Sinclair wrote that 'A generation of pedants needs to toil at the definition of minutiae before we can have better histories than we now possess'. This essay offers to the research worker a listing and an assessment of the bibliographic resources likely to be of use in the field of New Zealand studies. The opportunity has been taken to issue a caution to those who come to New Zealand studies from research cultures which are substantially book based. We need several generations yet of compilers, editors and assorted pedants to toil among the primary materials to bring a great deal more above the codex line before New Zealand studies can become substantially book based.