Chicago Style Manual

Saturday, April 18, 2009
Parenthetical citation using the Chicago Style Manual sucks big hairy asses. And likes it.

That is all.

8 comments:

kimby said...

I feel your pain. MLA. Chicago, APA, all of them......YUCK!

Eric said...

I always preferred it back in my paper-writing days.

::ducks::

Random Michelle K said...

If you are going to be writing a lot of papers (this goes for Kim as well) I *strongly* recommend that you invest in a copy of Endnote.

Not only do you use it to organize your references (you can automatically search on-line database like pubmed using it) it also automatically builds and formats your bibliography as you write your paper. And if you need to change styles, Endnote changes everything with a simple command.

Everyone who has to write papers (requiring bibliographies) should own a coy or Endnote. Yes Reference Manger does something similar, but Endnote is far more intuitive and user friendly.

Janiece Murphy said...

Michelle, I'll look into it. I don't usually mind doing my citations, but today it was getting on my damn nerves.

Random Michelle K said...

Janiece, I teach Endnote by request, and usually a dept will send their students to take the class, and I'd say about halfway in one or more people *gasp* and go OH MY GOD! WHY DIDN'T I HAVE THIS EARLIER?!!!!

It will save you oodles of time. Trust me. ;)

Steve Buchheit said...

Instead what you need to do is make up more and cite less. That'll solve the problem. Or put "(ibid)" in a macro and use only one source. Oh, and don't forget to adjust the margins larger so it looks like your paper is longer.

Eric said...

It doesn't quite work out when you try to make more stuff up, Steve, because you still have to make up citations.

:-P



(On a related tangent: the worst thing the late Michael Crichton ever did wasn't becoming a far-right, anthropogenic-global-warming-denying 'tard. The worst thing Mr. Crichton ever did was to remove the bibliography entry from later editions of Eaters Of The Dead, including his citation for the dread Necronomicon of Abdul Azhared; when it vanished was around the time he started taking himself far too seriously. Anyway, the right-wing flakiness I tended to forgive. The loss of his sense of humor, not so much.)

Janiece Murphy said...

I could just use citations of material that I write myself.That seems to work for some people.

Hee.