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Make the bad paper go away!!! [Feb. 15th, 2004|10:14 pm]
Zoethe
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My brain is bleeding.

I have a five-inch-high stack of research that is the stuff I have cited, and doesn't include the hundreds of pages that I can't work in.

I'm not done yet. But I'm on the last section before the conclusion. And I just can't do anymore tonight. I'm about ready to cry because I know that somewhere in that stack of already-cited material is an article with one sentence that I need to cite to in my next footnote. I know I've read it. I just can't remember which article it is in.

This is the most intellectually difficult task I have ever undertaken in my entire life. I never under any circumstances want to do anything like it again.

Ferrett has urged me to share some of the information I have gleaned with all of you, because some of it is truly alarming. I just don't have the capacity to write more about it just now. Perhaps next weekend, when I won't feel compelled to cite to my sources, I will share.

I must sleep now. So I can do it all over again tomorrow. Please bear with me; I promise to be interesting again soon....
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[User Picture]From: mightyafrodite
2004-02-16 04:08 am (UTC)
You'll find that tiny quote buried under all of the other quotes once you've had some sleep and your brain is fresh.
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[User Picture]From: kathrynrose
2004-02-16 04:19 am (UTC)
Try this trick - Just before you go to sleep, ask your unconscious mind to remember which article is, while the rest of you is sleeping. Then pay attention to your first thoughts in the morning.

Rest well.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-02-16 02:27 pm (UTC)
I know that the people I went to high school with are all strangely un-Googleable. We were apparently a rather milquetoast lot.

Having used my LJ codes credit to purchase more icons, I'm having way too much fun making new ones. [g]
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[User Picture]From: kaylarudbek
2004-02-16 06:00 am (UTC)
I hear you. I've got a four-inch stack of articles myself, plus five books, and I still need to go find more cites, as I don't have a cite for every single sentence yet....hang in there! And tell us what your topic is later on when you don't feel the urge to cite!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2004-02-16 02:33 pm (UTC)
I know I'm not done, either. You have a pile of research for a point, but then need to go find something else to support a single, introductory remark. At least I understand the dynamics of law review articles better now - in the beginning of doing this research I would often follow the trail of a footnote only to find that the source material had almost nothing to do with the topic. I'd wonder, "can't you find something more on topic (and more helpful to me) to quote?" Now I know that the answer is, no, not really.
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[User Picture]From: ministry_victim
2004-02-16 06:56 am (UTC)
No worries - get some sleep and tackle that task tomorrow with a clear head.
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