Ugh - Turn it In and Chicago Manual of Style

...Are two of my not-so-favourite things in the world. Turn It In is a new website that lets professors very easily check your originality - it scans your essay and compares it to the millions of other essays in their database and gives you an "originality score". My score is usually 0%, which is good (completely original), but it's annoying having just another hoop to run through.

But what I hate MOST of all are the citation formats and how strict they are. I've lost plenty of marks for forgetting to include an indent in my footnotes here, or a semicolon after that periodical title....it's so painstakingly particular and professors love taking marks off for this crap.

Anyways, I'm currently writing a 22 page paper in Chicago MLA format, and I'm slogging through this stuff as we speak. The only thing that's saving me is an example essay I found on the internet, here

It doesn't help that the official Chicago MLA website is so annoying. You can't just view a sample paper, you have to click through multiple subheadings to find the section you want, only to do it all over again when you use a periodical instead of a book, or whatever.

TL;DR - Strict citation formats suck

45 comments:

Anonymous said...
November 8, 2010 at 11:53 AM

meh, I think this whole school system needs to change in it's basics. I once saw a pretty cool video about it. lemme see

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U&translated=1

oh and btw: http://www.text-upload.com/read.php?id=22319&c=7657880

HondaX said...
November 8, 2010 at 11:55 AM

haha yes....school is sucks

Rezden said...
November 8, 2010 at 11:56 AM

I completely agree with you. I've never heard of Chicago MLA style, we probably just call it MLA here in the suburbs, lol.

I never understood why you have to write papers for school when only very specialized areas have you writing them like this.

BLUERAD said...
November 8, 2010 at 12:30 PM

There are ways to bypass it, but sometimes the work doing that makes it less worth it than just writing the whole damn thing yourself :P

Paul said...
November 8, 2010 at 1:16 PM

that blows. gl finishing it.

Skutt Panda PO said...
November 8, 2010 at 1:57 PM

in school learn to see how look the real life :)

SY said...
November 8, 2010 at 2:00 PM

I agree its just one hassle I don't like to add to turning in an assignment

Savage Nugget said...
November 8, 2010 at 2:07 PM

Thanx for the "Turn it in" site.
This will come in handy. :D

Rorschach Redemption said...
November 8, 2010 at 3:25 PM

I am so glad they didn't have that when I went to school.
Citation needed.

LD said...
November 8, 2010 at 3:37 PM

damn, i feel you on this one :(

About Insurance said...
November 8, 2010 at 4:25 PM

citations at the end of papers take so long to do

Cunning Linguist said...
November 8, 2010 at 4:38 PM

good stuff here man

amidoinitrite? said...
November 8, 2010 at 4:40 PM

thanks for sharing!

Swift Love said...
November 8, 2010 at 4:42 PM

I never thought about it that way

Fuuuuuuuu said...
November 8, 2010 at 4:45 PM

wow, good to know

MacPCharmony said...
November 8, 2010 at 4:47 PM

that's pretty interesting

Randy said...
November 8, 2010 at 10:18 PM

2 + 2 = this blog is great haha

Personal Injury Database said...
November 8, 2010 at 10:52 PM

i saw that video before!

Sweeeeeetas said...
November 8, 2010 at 10:55 PM

I hate these type of reports/assignments :(

Saul Goodman said...
November 8, 2010 at 11:38 PM

geez, I remember the days of MLA citations

Mr. Knowitall said...
November 8, 2010 at 11:45 PM

thanks for sharing!

JVS said...
November 9, 2010 at 1:59 AM

haha
no citation, no problem

jura1991 said...
November 9, 2010 at 6:59 AM

I agree

About Insurance said...
November 9, 2010 at 10:53 AM

MLA citations suck... do you have any other updates?

Fuuuuuuuu said...
November 9, 2010 at 11:06 AM

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MacPCharmony said...
November 9, 2010 at 11:12 AM

I showed this site to my friend, and she liked it!

Come At Me Bro said...
November 9, 2010 at 11:45 AM

Love it!

dee jey said...
November 9, 2010 at 12:30 PM

awesome post

JRam said...
November 9, 2010 at 6:08 PM

I hear you, professors that force these specific nitpicks because they feel like thats their job are really just being a pain.

Dan said...
November 9, 2010 at 6:39 PM

Haha yup. Had the same program 8 years ago in High school. I used to just bullcrap my references, but then I lost points enough times to make me be legit.

Synthetic Soiree said...
November 10, 2010 at 5:19 AM

Yikes, so it's not just MLA style, but taking it a level deeper by making it "Chicago" MLA style. I'm not sure what that means exactly, but it sounds even more tedious and time-consuming than normal citation.

@ Come at Me Bro - What's to love about this? You obviously didn't read any of this post and just typed in "Love it!" as your comment.

Robert K. said...
November 10, 2010 at 7:44 AM

I like your blog a lot!

Randy said...
November 10, 2010 at 7:58 AM

great info

Personal Injury Database said...
November 10, 2010 at 8:06 AM

what a unique post!

Bubbles said...
November 10, 2010 at 2:29 PM

good post
keep up the good work

Intellectual Relapse said...
November 10, 2010 at 4:02 PM

Ha I'm doing a chemistry degree (3 years in), and haven't had to write any citations yet, just easy references. title, author, publisher, year. done.
supposedly we use RSC style but i have no idea what that means

tonyman33 said...
November 10, 2010 at 4:50 PM

If your on the internet, you have failed.

The Cockshiner said...
November 10, 2010 at 6:02 PM

Dude, fucking A. I remember having to do that shit.

Nostalgist said...
November 11, 2010 at 9:53 AM

you speak the truth man

taemkariur said...
November 11, 2010 at 9:53 AM

MLA citations -.-

Lemmiwinks said...
November 12, 2010 at 1:38 AM

Good post! Looking forward to reading you next one

Anonfourtwenty said...
November 12, 2010 at 2:40 AM

Great post!

Come At Me Bro said...
November 12, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Nice info!

David Davidson said...
November 12, 2010 at 7:56 PM

Tell me about it. I swear, the last essay I wrote resulted in what felt like my prof deducting 5% everytime I missed one.

Mayhem said...
November 13, 2010 at 7:41 AM

More pictures like that :=)

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