Don’t use in text citations

1 Feb

Ok, really nerdy post, but one thing I cannot stand is in text citations. These things are HORRIBLE eye sores!

Here you are, reading along, minding my own business, enjoying the flow of the paper, then BAM!!!, an in text citation jumps up, stabs you in the eye, completely breaking your train of thought.

So what can you do to avoid this heinous crime? USE FOOTNOTES!!!!

There, look at that! Nothing to break your flow and slap you in the face. You’re reading along, hum-de-hum, you read a statement, and then there is a small little number at the end of the sentence. It’s simple and says “Hey, don’t mind me, but if you want to know where this information came from, just glance down at your leisure. Have a very pleasant day!” Footnotes are polite. The type of references that you’d be proud to bring home to mother.

Furthermore, in text citations just give you a name, possibly a year, or a page number. To find out where the hell something came from, you have to flip all the way back to the end of the document and search for the full citation. Footnotes don’t do that! They don’t make you go looking! They know you’re reading a paper, not trudging around in the jungle looking for El Dorado! They put the full citation right there at the bottom of the page! If you’re using footnotes, no need to sweat, sit back and have some lemonade, you’re doing things more efficiently.

Endnotes are the  retarded brother of footnotes. Yeah, he might look the same, but you have to flip all the way to the back of the document to find out what you need. More work than you should be forced to do, but at least he doesn’t hit you in the face.

Lastly, footnotes love you so much, they give you a present, they take up page space! Have a paper that you’re writing? Have a page minimum you have to reach? Footnotes will help you! They eat page length up! They are the hungry reference, in text citations is like that girl you only took out on a date once, the one who just quietly picks at her salad with a fork. Footnotes work for you!

2 Responses to “Don’t use in text citations”

  1. Dave December 28, 2010 at 9:47 am #

    Yes! I have been telling people this for a long time!

  2. Lauren May 11, 2014 at 11:03 pm #

    Hi. I believe that my post from earlier was deleted along with some others whom are ‘of faith’, as you may call it. I’m not here to argue with you, just to let you know that I’ve been praying for you. Not any ‘There is so a God. You’re wrong. You’re going to hell’. Just praying for you. Have a good day

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