A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations
Dewey. Bellow. Strauss. Friedman. The University of Chicago has been the home of some of the most important thinkers of the modern age. But perhaps no name has been spoken with more respect than Turabian. The dissertation secretary at Chicago for decades, Kate Turabian literally wrote the book on the successful completion and submission of the student paper. Her Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, created from her years of experience with research projects across all fields, has sold more than seven million copies since it was first published in 1937.Now, with this seventh edition, Turabian’s Manual has undergone its most extensive revision, ensuring that it will remain the most valuable handbook for writers at every level—from first-year undergraduates, to dissertation writers apprehensively submitting final manuscripts, to senior scholars who may be old hands at research and writing but less familiar with new media citation styles. Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams, and the late Wayne C. Booth—the gifted team behind The Craft of Research—and the University of Chicago Press Editorial Staff combined their wide-ranging expertise to remake this classic resource. They preserve Turabian’s clear and practical advice while fully embracing the new modes of research, writing, and source citation brought about by the age of the Internet.Booth, Colomb, and Williams significantly expand the scope of previous editions by creating a guide, generous in length and tone, to the art of research and writing. Growing out of the authors’ best-selling Craft of Research, this new section provides students with an overview of every step of the research and writing process, from formulating the right questions to reading critically to building arguments and revising drafts. This leads naturally to the second part of the Manual for Writers, which offers an authoritative overview of citation practices in scholarly writing, as well as detailed information on the two main citation styles (“notes-bibliography” and “author-date”). This section has been fully revised to reflect the recommendations of the fifteenth edition of The Chicago Manual of Style and to present an expanded array of source types and updated examples, including guidance on citing electronic sources.The final section of the book treats issues of style—the details that go into making a strong paper. Here writers will find advice on a wide range of topics, including punctuation, table formatting, and use of quotations. The appendix draws together everything writers need to know about formatting research papers, theses, and dissertations and preparing them for submission. This material has been thoroughly vetted by dissertation officials at colleges and universities across the country.This seventh edition of Turabian’s Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations is a classic reference revised for a new age. It is tailored to a new generation of writers using tools its original author could not have imagined—while retaining the clarity and authority that generations of scholars have come to associate with the name Turabian.

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations Details

TitleA Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 15th, 2007
PublisherUniversity Of Chicago Press
ISBN-139780226823379
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GenreReference, Language, Writing, Nonfiction, Education

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations Review

  • Kathryn Carroll
    January 1, 1970
    An edge of your seat, nail biting thriller!
  • Terri
    January 1, 1970
    As a genealogist researcher, I needed to learn how to source my research citations. Very important if you are writing a genealogy piece! This book taught me how in a clear and uncomplicated style. It is updated and has been a classic source for many a research writer. Full of good sensible advice for the writer.
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  • David Withun
    January 1, 1970
    I have used this book as a reference since I was an undergraduate student years ago. It has accompanied me through a senior undergraduate thesis, a masters thesis, and innumerable class papers both great and small. I am a bit ashamed to admit, however, that this is the first time I have read the book through from cover to cover. I wish I had done so much sooner. Reading this book through has been a great opportunity to examine the logic behind the genius of the Chicago/Turabian system up close a I have used this book as a reference since I was an undergraduate student years ago. It has accompanied me through a senior undergraduate thesis, a masters thesis, and innumerable class papers both great and small. I am a bit ashamed to admit, however, that this is the first time I have read the book through from cover to cover. I wish I had done so much sooner. Reading this book through has been a great opportunity to examine the logic behind the genius of the Chicago/Turabian system up close as well as to take a much deeper look at my own writing process and the ways in which it can be improved. I recommend this book for anyone who wants to improve their academic writing and research process. Whether they are just beginning their academic career or have been at it a long time, all are sure to benefit.
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  • Aleisa
    January 1, 1970
    Why does this Turabian lady get to say how I document and cite my history papers and why, why, why can't English, History, and Education people just get together and pick one style they can all agree on?! (frustrated sob)
  • Said Al-Maskery
    January 1, 1970
    A very useful guide to research thinking. You don't need to be doing postgraduate studies in order to benefit from this book. It is equally useful to anyone seeking to write an informative and research based articles. However it is a guide, you cant just go on and read it without implementing the ideas in it. I would probably return to it whenever I work on a paper until research methodology is ingrained as a habit.
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  • Comicfairy (Leanne)
    January 1, 1970
    Recommended by all my Professors this semester, Turabian's book is a classic for anyone charged with writing essays in Chicago style formatting. Still, locating the text online can be more relevant in cases such as Youtube video citation or blogs which are not covered in this edition. While it seems a bit easier to hunt these instructions down online, the hardcopy is a useful tool to have in your collection. Still crossing my fingers that the academic world would just PICK ONE format and use it Recommended by all my Professors this semester, Turabian's book is a classic for anyone charged with writing essays in Chicago style formatting. Still, locating the text online can be more relevant in cases such as Youtube video citation or blogs which are not covered in this edition. While it seems a bit easier to hunt these instructions down online, the hardcopy is a useful tool to have in your collection. Still crossing my fingers that the academic world would just PICK ONE format and use it universally, already!
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  • Kelly Belvis
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the reviewer who called this a "nail biting thriller'!! Hilarious! I also agreed with the reviewer who wondered why history, English, and other fields can't all use the same style. I have written papers in 4 different styles! As far as manuals go this one is much like all the others. I can't be very enthusiastic because I dislike the very precise structure of all the styles even while I understand the need for them.
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  • Jewels
    January 1, 1970
    This book was one of the required reading materials for my last history course, and I read it as I was working on my research paper. Frankly, I prefer the MLA format, and Turabian can take this pile of you-know-what and jump in a very deep lake with it. Preferably one with a sink hole. To the center of the earth. I hope I never have to use this book again.
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  • Marco Bitetto
    January 1, 1970
    This is a must read for anyone that wants to do research reports,thesis and dissertations. This book forms the defacto-standard that all the other writers manuals for thesis, research papers and dissertations follow.
  • Jamia
    January 1, 1970
    The bible. Quite simply.
  • Brian Nicks
    January 1, 1970
    I used this throughout seminary and found it to be a very useful tool for every paper I wrote. Wish more people would take writing this seriously.
  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    This book got me through my PhD dissertation. If you need a "How To Write" this is it. It has solid examples, great trouble shooting methods. I still have it and use it regularly.
  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    Useful.
  • Matt McCullough
    January 1, 1970
    Read key chapters and use others as a reference, great material!!
  • Nathan Schneider
    January 1, 1970
    Very helpful.
  • Monica Benavides
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent tool for writing papers and doing research.
  • Nathan Moore
    January 1, 1970
    Yep I actually read it. Can't say that I enjoyed it, but the 8th edition is very helpful. In seminary I used the 6th edition which lacked the very helpful Part 1: Reacher and Writing from Wayne Booth's Craft of Research. It is really excellent and covers matters of planning, style, grammar, revisions and even strategies for productivity. This is a massive improvement over previous editions.I still hate Turabian (not Kate, I'm sure she was lovely). :)
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  • Christa La Lista
    January 1, 1970
    This book is absolutely essential to citing sources correctly for Chicago/Turabian style in detail. It is much more valuable than any online version. The first ten chapters are very helpful in effectively making and defending a claim. It is well worth the read, and I wish I had read it my first year of undergrad.
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  • Richard Garcia
    January 1, 1970
    Required reading for MA in American History.
  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    Helpful informative book for those who use Chicago style.
  • Todd Luallen
    January 1, 1970
    An excellent reference for all things related to the DETAILS of an academic paper.
  • Doutor Branco
    January 1, 1970
    A little more than seventy-five years ago, Kate L. Turabian drafted a lot of guidelines to help students understand how to write, cite, and formally submit research writing. The Manual retains three-part structure, leading off with an overview of the steps in the research and writing process, including formulating questions, reading critically, building arguments, and revising drafts. Part II provides an overview of citation practices with detailed data on the two main scholarly citation styles A little more than seventy-five years ago, Kate L. Turabian drafted a lot of guidelines to help students understand how to write, cite, and formally submit research writing. The Manual retains three-part structure, leading off with an overview of the steps in the research and writing process, including formulating questions, reading critically, building arguments, and revising drafts. Part II provides an overview of citation practices with detailed data on the two main scholarly citation styles (notes-bibliography and author-date), an array of source types with contemporary examples, and detailed guidance on citing online resources. The final section treats all issues of editorial style, with advice on punctuation, capitalization, spelling, abbreviations, table formatting, and the use of quotations. Everything in this book is very positive and insightful for those writing or executing a research. I liked the way the book is divided, it makes our job easier for us to adopt and apply its orientation to our work. Although I believe it is easy to follow a guideline such as this, I do not intent to say that it is an easy work, it requires a lot of attention and work It will get my work more organized.
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  • Michael
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t have very much to say about this book, because I didn’t use it for very long before I obtained my copy of The Chicago Manual of Style, which I still use as my primary style guide. I have to chastise the younger me for getting the 1987 edition in 2003, when it was already seriously out of date. Clearly, the frugality of the grad student was the explanation; the receipt slip I find between pages 194 and 195 says I paid all of $8 for it. Turabian is sort of the poor man’s Chicago Manual, an I don’t have very much to say about this book, because I didn’t use it for very long before I obtained my copy of The Chicago Manual of Style, which I still use as my primary style guide. I have to chastise the younger me for getting the 1987 edition in 2003, when it was already seriously out of date. Clearly, the frugality of the grad student was the explanation; the receipt slip I find between pages 194 and 195 says I paid all of $8 for it. Turabian is sort of the poor man’s Chicago Manual, and it worked well enough at a time when you couldn’t just login to your University’s library webpage to find short style summaries, but it’s not the same as having access to the whole Manual. It’s interesting how much space is devoted to simple formatting issues, but this probably is because in 1987 most term papers were being written on typewriters; subsequent editions probably allowed for the auto-formatting of word processors to a far greater degree. It includes an excellent index, as one would hope in a style guide, and has a numerical reference system similar to Chicago’s. This is more of a memento than a reference work to me, today.
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  • Carl C
    January 1, 1970
    Old school style for writing and formatting. Some would say antiquated. Not many folks (I know), in academia or in publishing, use this format but I work usually in social sciences/sciences/tech fields. So, it may be different for other folks in different industries or research areas.This book gets the job done in clarifying what is needed in formatting a paper in this latest edition of "A Manual For Writers", but I think the approach to the organization could be grouped in easier ways. Too deta Old school style for writing and formatting. Some would say antiquated. Not many folks (I know), in academia or in publishing, use this format but I work usually in social sciences/sciences/tech fields. So, it may be different for other folks in different industries or research areas.This book gets the job done in clarifying what is needed in formatting a paper in this latest edition of "A Manual For Writers", but I think the approach to the organization could be grouped in easier ways. Too detailed are the guidelines before I could find some pertinent answers to my questions or badly needed examples. With that said, the index is very, very helpful in finding what readers are looking for in a reference book on Turabian style. Also, I would like to see completed template documentation versus blurbs and cutouts from sample documentation.It may be another couple years or more before I have another editorial/editing project to use this manual. Full confession: I prefer other citation styles compared to Turabian due to ease of use for formatting, but this book is helpful. Maybe, a shorter version, like a quick reference guide (there should be a couple books), would be better (for me).
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  • Sheryl
    January 1, 1970
    It was my friend, Melvin M., who suggested me to buy this manual two years ago. My friend believed that this book is best for people who are into technical writing. This is one of the books that I really treasured. It serves as my bible in technical writing. This book is my ultimate guide in teaching Thesis Writing. In fact, I even required all my students to secure one copy of this manual. I believe that this manual is a good investment for students who are currently on their term papers, these It was my friend, Melvin M., who suggested me to buy this manual two years ago. My friend believed that this book is best for people who are into technical writing. This is one of the books that I really treasured. It serves as my bible in technical writing. This book is my ultimate guide in teaching Thesis Writing. In fact, I even required all my students to secure one copy of this manual. I believe that this manual is a good investment for students who are currently on their term papers, theses, and dissertations; for teachers who are handling research-related subjects; and also for individual researchers. For nearly sixty years Kate L. Turabian's Manual for Writers has offered comprehensive and detailed guidance to writers of research papers -- term papers, theses, and dissertations. The sixth edition includes information on:the components of a long formal paperthe mechanics of writing style, from abbreviations to quotationshow to prepare and refer to tables and illustrationsthe most commonly used systems of citation, including how to cite electronic documentsmanuscript preparation and hints on word processing softwareformatting some of the complex features found in many research papers, including over two dozen sample pages
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  • Adama
    January 1, 1970
    A collection of great tips, advices and how toA collection of great tips, advices and how toThis is the best manual I have ever read on writing dissertation papers. It is full of practical and ready to use tips and advices. It covers all aspects of writing from collecting data to planning your writing, from creating a storyboard and translating your storyboard to your report (drafting it, revising it, editing it and finalising it).The manual also includes guidelines on how and when to use tables A collection of great tips, advices and how toA collection of great tips, advices and how toThis is the best manual I have ever read on writing dissertation papers. It is full of practical and ready to use tips and advices. It covers all aspects of writing from collecting data to planning your writing, from creating a storyboard and translating your storyboard to your report (drafting it, revising it, editing it and finalising it).The manual also includes guidelines on how and when to use tables or figures, how to structure your report and write each section (introduction, body, and conclusion), how to use quotations etc. A must-have and must-read book for all.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Well, it's not like this is a riveting book. But it is supremely useful. In the past I have only used it as a reference, but I must say, I wish I would have read it in its entirely from the get go. It contains really great advice not just on formatting but also on clear writing, punctuation, and all sorts of things. If you have a question about writing, you will probably find an answer in this book. And, being in the humanities, I certainly prefer this citation style to MLA or APA. I hate in tex Well, it's not like this is a riveting book. But it is supremely useful. In the past I have only used it as a reference, but I must say, I wish I would have read it in its entirely from the get go. It contains really great advice not just on formatting but also on clear writing, punctuation, and all sorts of things. If you have a question about writing, you will probably find an answer in this book. And, being in the humanities, I certainly prefer this citation style to MLA or APA. I hate in text citations! Footnotes ROCK. Hide the review because of spoilers! HA. Here's one: this book talks about commas. And what to do with them.
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  • Brent McCulley
    January 1, 1970
    Used this edition of Kate L. Turabian's "Manual for Writers" for the last few years of my undergraduate degree. Although it's essentially Chicago Manuel of Style, it's simplified, and much easier to navigate for the historian writing papers with endnotes. Even still, this sixth edition is not as helpful and up to date as the newest edition, which I'm currently using in graduate school.Brent McCulley (10/24/13)
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  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    My constant companion. Invaluable resource for any writer required to conform to Turabian style or for those who desire an effective citation style that avoids the clutter of MLA's in-text citations. Well-organized, fairly thorough. Could use more extensive examples and more specific guidelines. Although it generally addresses the citation questions I bring to the manual, it periodically omits information that would be helpful (sometimes CMS includes what I am looking for, though not always).
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  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    This text is a quintessential compilation of how to write, document, and organize front and back matter. Explanations with included examples are given for all different types of sources whether implement footnotes or endnotes. A sample paper is included to demonstrate how to arrange term papers through doctoral dissertations. Writing styles and crafting thesis statements are included as well. This text should be required for every Pre-AP, AP, and college student.
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