So, I thought I was done my thesis. I even did a celebration lap around the house and poured myself a beer yesterday.
However, my thesis supervisor had nothing but bad things to say about my citation format. He had told several times to use the Chicago manual of style. Well, I’ve been carrying around this bloody thing everywhere I go for the past 4 years:
But apparently I’ve been doing it wrong. When I asked to meet with him to see what I was doing wrong, he told me that he refuses to go through it one by one with me, and simply re-iterated forcefully that I need to look at Chicago.
I looked at Chicago! I have the short book. I rented the 15th edition of the big version from the library. I’m staring down 800 pages of em-dashes and semi-colons and I want to cry. I’ve NEVER had ANYONE in all my years of undergrad and graduate ever criticize my writing or my formatting, so this feels like it’s coming out of left field. I concede it may simply be that professors marking term papers simply never cared enough to correct citations that I made, but I don’t know what I’m doing wrong.
Can anyone suggest a way for me to get out of this calamity in short order (i.e., not reading “The Chicago Manual of Style” from end to end, to find out everything I’ve been doing wrong)? A really top notch computer program? Someone at a university who will walk me through this with kid gloves? Using a Ouija board to speak to Kate Turabian?
Thanks in advance! I’m hoping the geniuses on here can save me!