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A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 7e

ISBN13: 9780226823379|436 pages|Paperback|©2007|

Kate L. Turabian

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.

Table of Contents ( Detail )
Part I Research and Writing: From Planning to Production
Chapter 1 What Research Is and How Researchers Think about It
Chapter 2 Moving from a Topic to a Question to a Working Hypothesis
Chapter 3 Finding Useful Sources
Chapter 4 Engaging Sources
Chapter 5 Planning Your Argument
Chapter 6 Planning a First Draft
Chapter 7 Drafting Your Report
Chapter 8 Presenting Evidence in Tables and Figures
Chapter 9 Revising Your Draft
Chapter 10 Writing Your Final Introduction and Conclusion
Chapter 11 Revising Sentences
Chapter 12 Learning from Your Returned Paper
Chapter 13 Presenting Research in Alternative Forums
Chapter 14 On the Spirit of Research
Part II Source Citation
Chapter 15 General Introduction to Citation Practices
Chapter 16 Notes-Bibliography Style: The Basic Form
Chapter 17 Notes-Bibliography Style: Citing Specific Types of Sources
Chapter 18 Parenthetical Citations- Reference List Style: The Basic Form
Chapter 19 Parenthetical Citations- Reference List Style: Citing Specific Types of Sources
Part III Style
Chapter 20 Spelling
Chapter 21 Punctuation
Chapter 22 Names, Special Terms, and Titles of Works
Chapter 23 Numbers
Chapter 24 Abbreviations
Chapter 25 Quotations
Chapter 26 Tables and Figures
Chapter Appendix: Paper Format and Submission