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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers

  1. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Carroll

    An edge of your seat, nail biting thriller!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Craig Turnbull

    How can you write a review about a book that tells you how to write reviews? Here's my effort: 1. It's a fine book. 2. It will wear you out. 3. It is filled to overflowing with minutia. 4. I think my soul is emptier as a result. I also feel an overwhelming urge to now properly cite my source: Turabian, Kate Larimore, Wayne Clayton Booth, Gregory G Colomb, and Joseph M William‏s. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers. 8th ed. Chica How can you write a review about a book that tells you how to write reviews? Here's my effort: 1. It's a fine book. 2. It will wear you out. 3. It is filled to overflowing with minutia. 4. I think my soul is emptier as a result. I also feel an overwhelming urge to now properly cite my source: Turabian, Kate Larimore, Wayne Clayton Booth, Gregory G Colomb, and Joseph M William‏s. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers. 8th ed. Chicago IL.: University of Chicago Press, 2013.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Terri

    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.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Will Turner

    It’s been well over 15 years since Kate T. and I first met. Our relationship lasted about five years. It wasn’t always easy. It was actually quite rocky. There were plenty of challenges. I admit that I certainly contributed to some of the problems in our relationship. I have a hard time with conforming to authority and she proved to be a tough task master. She always demands conformity. Always. She is unflinching in her demands. Relentless. But I tend to always buck against that conformity and r It’s been well over 15 years since Kate T. and I first met. Our relationship lasted about five years. It wasn’t always easy. It was actually quite rocky. There were plenty of challenges. I admit that I certainly contributed to some of the problems in our relationship. I have a hard time with conforming to authority and she proved to be a tough task master. She always demands conformity. Always. She is unflinching in her demands. Relentless. But I tend to always buck against that conformity and rebel against authority. It made for a challenging relationship. Thankfully, there came a day when we both accepted that a time of unspecified separation was for the best, for the best of both of us. In the end, I like to believe I won since she was relegated to the back shelf. I still held on to her. She was always there. Always present, but she was unloved, unused, unnoticed. And I was perfectly okay with our relationship as it was. But then I heard she changed. Back when we were together she was at version 6.0. And I am thankful to say, she has received a few much needed upgrades. She was looking rather tired. Now, she looks a lot better. She’s sitting mighty pretty at version 9.0. Recently, we’ve started seeing each other again. Life demanded it. But I’m okay with it at this point. And to be honest, we are kind of at the honeymoon stage in our relationship. I’ve spent a good bit of time with her recently. It’s been helpful, a good reminder of the old days. I don’t know how long this feeling will last, though. It looks like we are in for another long haul in our relationship. At least five years. Maybe more. This time, she is going to have to be right by my side. I am going to need her more than ever. But I worry. Her underlining personality hasn’t changed. She still demands conformity. At least now, she does it with a more pleasant voice, a more crafted and beautiful appearance. Maybe, just maybe, I will be able to acquiesce to her demands. I don't know if I have a choice...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Said AlMaskery

    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. 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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    David Withun

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  7. 5 out of 5

    Comicfairy

    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!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Madison

    Turabian has given me headaches over the years. But after finally reading this book all the way through, I'm convinced that many headaches have been prevented because of it. It's a helpful reference for research and citation. Turabian has given me headaches over the years. But after finally reading this book all the way through, I'm convinced that many headaches have been prevented because of it. It's a helpful reference for research and citation.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    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. 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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Russell Frazier

    This book contains three major parts: an introduction to research, a guide to the Turabian/Chicago citation style, and a guide to writing style. It is an excellent resource for research students. I wish that it would include references to the conventions of British English. It could simply note the differences between American English and British English. Doing so would give it a wider audience and make it more useful to writers throughout the world.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jewels

    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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Marco Bitetto

    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.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    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. 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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    An incredibly user friendly manual on how to cite academic papers correctly and succinctly.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Brian Nicks

    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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Matt McCullough

    Read key chapters and use others as a reference, great material!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Monica Benavides

    Excellent tool for writing papers and doing research.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Parker

    I read through the ninth edition of the Turabian manual in order to complete a Graduate Research Seminar for my PhD program, although I have familiarity with Turabian 7 and 8 as well. Overall, the Turabian manual is a solid manual and research paper style for preparing academic papers, and the Turabian manual is a good abridgment of the larger Chicago Manual of Style. Every student should retain the latest editions of Turabian in their personal library, each should read through an edition of Tur I read through the ninth edition of the Turabian manual in order to complete a Graduate Research Seminar for my PhD program, although I have familiarity with Turabian 7 and 8 as well. Overall, the Turabian manual is a solid manual and research paper style for preparing academic papers, and the Turabian manual is a good abridgment of the larger Chicago Manual of Style. Every student should retain the latest editions of Turabian in their personal library, each should read through an edition of Turabian at least once in their academic setting, and those who wish to dive deeper can utilize Chicago's larger manual when needed. While there are a few minor areas I felt Turabian could be a little better on concerning presentation, overall it is the gold standard of academic paper formatting style manuals.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    Overall Rating: 4 ⭑ It definitely feels strange to review a book like this, because really it is just a good staple for graduate students to have. I really enjoyed the first few chapters that outlined the writing process and provided techniques on how to organize mass amounts of information. Otherwise, it really was just a manual to refer to, including information on grammar, how to cite every source possible, spelling, etc. I wish they would have made separate versions specifically for scientif Overall Rating: 4 ⭑ It definitely feels strange to review a book like this, because really it is just a good staple for graduate students to have. I really enjoyed the first few chapters that outlined the writing process and provided techniques on how to organize mass amounts of information. Otherwise, it really was just a manual to refer to, including information on grammar, how to cite every source possible, spelling, etc. I wish they would have made separate versions specifically for scientific writing vs. writing for the humanities, but it’s a book I now recommend to all my students who want to write a thesis with me. Honestly, I would occasionally pick up this book and read a few sections at a time and find myself becoming so inspired to write. So, for me, it worked to fight off writer’s block or procrastination, which was definitely a win.

  20. 4 out of 5

    B.J. Richardson

    This is definitely not the type of book that someone would cozy up to next to the fire under a blanket on a cold winter night. If you disagree... sorry, you've got problems. To be fair, it isn't supposed to be. This is not a textbook, it is a manual. Kate Turabian goes deep into the minutiae of how to research, write, and cite an academic paper. While I do prefer Chicago style footnotes to APA style endnotes, I don't prefer it enough to slog through this book. But since it was required reading f This is definitely not the type of book that someone would cozy up to next to the fire under a blanket on a cold winter night. If you disagree... sorry, you've got problems. To be fair, it isn't supposed to be. This is not a textbook, it is a manual. Kate Turabian goes deep into the minutiae of how to research, write, and cite an academic paper. While I do prefer Chicago style footnotes to APA style endnotes, I don't prefer it enough to slog through this book. But since it was required reading for a class and integrity demands I read everything I claim to have read, slog through it I did. I have to say that it was far more enjoyable reading this than dropping a hammer on my toe, getting an ear infection, or dealing with a teething baby.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nathan Moore

    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). :) 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). :)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    Phew, this book is something else and all the wrong reasons. Although I have already finished university my dissertation, I was still interested to learn more about how to structure and write better in terms of academic writing. I found this book so hard to follow, the layout strange and muddled and it was a pain to get through. God knows how this would be useful for a stressed-out University student as I feel worse regarding this topic! A regretful read.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Christa La Lista

    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.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mary Rose

    I was required to purchase this book for one of my graduate school courses and didn't expect to find it as helpful as I did, but wow this book has everything. It is clear, interestingly written, and extremely helpful for people in academia. It goes beyond just the Chicago style to offer all sorts of writing advice and I'm thoroughly glad that I read it. I was required to purchase this book for one of my graduate school courses and didn't expect to find it as helpful as I did, but wow this book has everything. It is clear, interestingly written, and extremely helpful for people in academia. It goes beyond just the Chicago style to offer all sorts of writing advice and I'm thoroughly glad that I read it.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Roger

    I hesitated to even count this as a book I’ve read. I did read it, aside from the strictly reference portions, as part of a graduate course in research methods. That being said, it’s pretty much strictly a reference work.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Don Barger

    Great reference book. Turabian provides examples of nearly every item you need for research and writing. I wish I could say that I did not have to read this book but it is an excellent reference tool.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Bess

    Had older version for high school, new one in undergrad school, newer one for graduate school. With some exceptions, basic concepts of writing don't change a great deal over time. There are a few grammatical changes or updates over the years. Had older version for high school, new one in undergrad school, newer one for graduate school. With some exceptions, basic concepts of writing don't change a great deal over time. There are a few grammatical changes or updates over the years.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    For a manual it was actually quite the succinct read. Couldn't have been clearer. I would advise using this book while actually performing some research as like most practical reads, contents are easily forgotten if not applied. For a manual it was actually quite the succinct read. Couldn't have been clearer. I would advise using this book while actually performing some research as like most practical reads, contents are easily forgotten if not applied.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Helpful informative book for those who use Chicago style.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Todd Luallen

    An excellent reference for all things related to the DETAILS of an academic paper.

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