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Does anyone else find that the absolute worst part of writing a paper is the citation? I can get into a rhythm when I write, but footnotes break that up. I can write an entire page of text in a few minutes and it will be coherent and even occasionally informative, but making two small footnotes seem like drudgery.
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From:x_patti_x
Date:April 19th, 2010 08:40 pm (UTC)
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not only the worst part of writing a paper, but probably the worst part of life.
i'm the same way and find it really distracting to do the footnotes as i go, and then always want to kill myself when i do them all at the end. i'm working on it though!
From:endxgame
Date:April 19th, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
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Get software to do the citations for you. I use Bookends and I couldn't be happier with it. I just drag and drop my citations directly into my footnotes.
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From:saralinds
Date:April 19th, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
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Eh I write them as I go along instead of "saving" them all for later. I need to be able to remember where exactly I found that piece of information. Actually, I'm still getting the kick of using footnotes on Word... I don't know why LOL Probably an excuse to use a mouse instead of the keyboard...

But I do find going back to double check proper citation format to be quite annoying. Then again, I'm a nitpick for details.
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From:dreadpirateange
Date:April 19th, 2010 10:22 pm (UTC)
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You speak the truth.
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From:rache_joy
Date:April 20th, 2010 02:26 am (UTC)
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So am I just weird? I actually don't mind footnotes. I've done so many of them that they're second nature by now. I can write them without thinking most of the time.

But if they are so awful for you, you can always put place-keepers and come back to them later, or use the citation programs (that I've never used) that will do them for you.
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Here's the other side of footnotes: I *love* following the paper-trail of other peoples' footnotes to find the most awesome information that's possible to find on a certain subject. And I suppose, someday, I'll be a good enough history writer that somebody will want to follow my footnotes and be intrigued by a few of my sources, so I get out whatever thought is brewing and then I put 'em in. But oh man, do I ever love a really comprehensive bibliography!
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