Scenes from the thesis: citations

“My citations are a mess,” I told the professors as I gave them my rough draft. “Because I switched from MLA to Chicago Manual of Style midway through. It’s okay though! I’ll have my lawyer fix it.”

Some time later…

My lawyer: “Footnote 81 — ‘Professor Kumakura Chiyuki suggests that the secondary meaning of this line is an aggressive sexual overture.’ You should probably cite where he said that.”

Me: “…in a Starbucks?”

Scenes from the thesis: academic integrity

I was pondering the last section of my thesis, where I write about the linguistic commonalities between the four authors I’ve been examining. And I thought, verbatim:

“Well this shouldn’t take too long, since I’m not trying to prove anything that isn’t true.”