Monday, May 21, 2012

You know what bugs me? Research papers.

It's not that I mind writing. I'm fine with writing. It's just a colossal pain in the neck to rustle up some arbitrary number of "scholarly" sources and mash them into the paper. Going out and searching through scholarly journals is not much fun.

Doing an experiment to gather data of my own might be even worse. It really turns me off of an assignment. I don't think I want to go into a field that has a lot of that. One of the reasons why I feel like I want to change my major.

And don't get me started on length requirements. Ugh. If I have to write six pages, that's supposed to be considered short. I am not a long-winded guy. I am not cut out for that kind of bullshit. Anything longer than maybe two pages is a struggle.

It's been a rough month for essays. Sigh.

1 comment:

  1. The good news is that eventually they stop giving minimum lengths for papers, and start giving maximum lengths instead. The bad news is that the restriction still matters.

    There are a lot of tools for searching various academic literatures, but it's still a pain. That part doesn't really get any better (at least, it hasn't so far for me). I suppose when you focus on a specific field for long enough, eventually you'll learn the literature and just have to make sure you stay current.