At 10/5/10 04:11 PM, Ravariel wrote:
Eew. I have to admit... I fething hate citation rules... that sounds like torture. Seriously... 500 pages!? My god... only lawyers.
Yeah, I don't really get it considering the main differences between the 2 methods are some totally asinine rules about footnotes.
It's 500 pages, and you'd think what with it being in its 18th or 19th edition they would keep up with what each individual states rules are...especially because there's an entire section that goes state-by-state, how hard would it be to just cross-reference the states rules. A lot of it is how to properly cite really specific things. There's a whole section about how to best cite a webpage that may be updated regularly.
We have an entire class where we have projects devoted to "bluebooking" and I thought that section on bibliographies in highschool English was bad...
At 10/5/10 06:16 PM, RydiaLockheart wrote:
Citation-wise, I'm used to APA.
that's what I used most often. Although, I had one professor senior year who threw Chicago rules at us because that's what history publications use and it was a history class afterall. Most of my teachers just wanted a work-cited page and maybe footnotes or citation sentences and they didn't care if you used MLA or APA. Maybe the psych classes wanted APA. Ever since MS Word had those pre-loaded I was golden!
I know all about the Bluebook after working in the library last time I went to grad school. It has an official name but everyone calls it the Bluebook, so nobody knew what it was in the catalog since the cataloger only had it labeled as its official name. So, law students who only knew "Bluebook" came to us for help. We asked the cataloger to attack a note indicating "Bluebook" but she wouldn't do it.
Well I mean, it has a big blue cover and it just says "THE BLUEBOOK" on the front...you'd think that would be the name. It could be that they were confusion the ALWD (the Association of Legal Writing Directors citation manual) which is also widely used but newer (I think it started in 2000). Timmy says his school teaches him on those. I guess when the common name is used as a verb (ie: "Today we're going to practice bluebooking some more") either system might become synonymous with law students. It's like calling tissues "kleenex"