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A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Eighth Edition: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) [Kindle Edition]

Kate L. Turabian , Wayne C. Booth , Gregory G. Colomb , Joseph M. Williams , University of Chicago Press Staff
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Book Description

A little more than seventy-five years ago, Kate L. Turabian drafted a set of guidelines to help students understand how to write, cite, and formally submit research writing. Seven editions and more than nine million copies later, the name Turabian has become synonymous with best practices in research writing and style. Her Manual for Writers continues to be the gold standard for generations of college and graduate students in virtually all academic disciplines. Now in its eighth edition, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations has been fully revised to meet the needs of today’s writers and researchers.

The Manual retains its familiar three-part structure, beginning 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 information 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 matters of editorial style, with advice on punctuation, capitalization, spelling, abbreviations, table formatting, and the use of quotations. Style and citation recommendations have been revised throughout to reflect the sixteenth edition of The Chicago Manual of Style. With an appendix on paper format and submission that has been vetted by dissertation officials from across the country and a bibliography with the most up-to-date listing of critical resources available, A Manual for Writers remains the essential resource for students and their teachers.

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"In addition to featuring new templates for citing e-books, websites, blogs, social networks, discussion groups, online videos, and podcasts, the eighth edition offers new general advice to help students make good decisions about what information to include for online sources that may not have all the traditional elements useful in citing a print source. . . . Recommended."

About the Author

Kate L. Turabian (1893–1987) was the graduate school dissertation secretary at the University of Chicago from 1930 to 1958. She is also the author of The Student’s Guide to Writing College Papers. Wayne C. Booth (1921–2005) was the George M. Pullman Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago. His many books include The Rhetoric of Fiction and For the Love of It: Amateuring and Its Rivals. Gregory G. Colomb (1951–2011) was professor of English at the University of Virginia and the author of Designs on Truth: The Poetics of the Augustan Mock- Epic. He is coauthor, with Wayne C. Booth and Joseph M. Williams, of the best-selling guide The Craft of Research. Joseph M. Williams (1933–2008) was professor in the Department of English Language and Literature at the University of Chicago and the author of Style: Toward Clarity and Grace.

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  • File Size: 7028 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; Eighth Edition edition (April 9, 2013)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BXQ41GO
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 8th edition is legit!! April 30, 2013
By Coyote
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I upgraded to the 8th edition after my 7th edition was completely worn out- too much use. The 8th is more concise and easy to use as well as includes more citation information for electronic sources, etc.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Required information in an awkward form (Kindle) August 9, 2013
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I purchased this edition of Turabian as a Kindle book. I own several earlier editions in paper but needed a more current one to match references from an editor. The update is good in terms addressing several modern reference techniques in bibliography and footnote format. But the Kindle edition is difficult to navigate to the extent that it is nearly useless. If you do not need to use Turabian, count yourself lucky. If you are forced to use it, then purchase a paper copy.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Timing April 17, 2013
By Justice
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This resource is well laid out and is very user friendly. It is helping me make my citations for more current media sources. Love it!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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My granddaughter, currently a High School Senior, was totally frustrated by writing research papers (and concerned about her ability to handle college-level assignments). I still had my 1973 smaller version of this book from my own college days (as a 30-something adult), so I knew it would address her concerns; i.e., proper paragraph formation, types of info to include, how to start and summarize opening and closing paragraphs, etc. So it was a "no brainer" when I located this updated version of a book I highly valued, AND at a price I could afford on my budget. I was not surprised when she said it was "perfect...exactly what I needed". I also got another copy for my other granddaughter (already in college) and for myself.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Update to 7th Edition April 26, 2013
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Every liberal arts graduate student ought to have this manual. Provides quick references and help to complete your thesis or dissertation. Consider also getting The Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good All Around Reference for Writing Papers August 14, 2013
By reader
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Well worth the $$.

It has chapters to help you define your topic or hypotheses. Chapters on research, Chapters on deciding who your audience is and then writing appropriately and Chapters on Chicago Style referencing are all included.

This book is an easy to follow, step-by-step, writing manual that works for everything from writing High School papers to College and even early-Master's level papers.

It has a great 'tree' of starting and then saying if you have your subject, skip to here, if you need to develop a question go to ___ chapter, and so on.

Fairly inexpensive and well worth the money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The latest update on a standard... March 16, 2014
By E.S.
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The 8th edition is the latest update on this standard for students and teachers using the Turabian method for citations. The 8th edition continues with the more significant changes introduced in the 7th edition (like the 3-em dash vs. the 7-space underline for repeated authors in a bibliography), but also adds more information about using and citing online sources and electronic books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you write Turabian, you have to read Turabian July 10, 2014
Like most people who own it, I bought A Manual for Writers because I was required to do so. Being that it is a definitive reference on its subject means that there is not much room for personal opinion on the matter. If you write in Turabian style, you read Turabian's book on style. I do really prefer the Chicago/Turabian style for writing. The citations are full, accessible, and informative without breaking the flow of the text the way parenthetical documentation does. If one uses the footnote style of citation, the source information and any other notes on the subject are available on the same page if the reader is interested, but they are segregated to the bottom of the page if he/she isn't. I find the format of the book a bit iffy. there can be a bit of flipping back and forth between the full info on a subject in one place and the more general template in another. Also the fact that the outlining of the book goes into five or six levels seems a bit silly,(e.g. Section though I don't know how else one could organize a reference on the subject.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it!
Published 19 hours ago by Doreen B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
if you use CMS this is the book, it really is THE book
Published 10 days ago by Richard Vogel
5.0 out of 5 stars Turabian is a wonderful writer! If I were you
Kate L. Turabian is a wonderful writer, and this book is a MUST HAVE if your're working on research papers of any type! Read more
Published 12 days ago by Dorothy Risty-Schon
5.0 out of 5 stars The classic text for the graduate level student. A ...
The classic text for the graduate level student. A bible for all research projects and writing graduate or college level papers.
Published 13 days ago by Prof Traverzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes the electronic notes/bibliography chore of research a bit less...
Oh, my Turabian 'style guide,' How can I cound the ways I love thee. Well, in fact, there is one primary way, and that is because but I this manual can serve as a competent... Read more
Published 22 days ago by JackOfMostTrades
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful and easy to understand
Very helpful and easy to understand. I particularly love the colored backdrops used for formatting examples - it really helps them when you are navigating the book.
Published 28 days ago by kryalen
4.0 out of 5 stars I had to buy this book twenty years ago, ...
I had to buy this book twenty years ago, and thought it was written by Satan. But this year I had to buy it again, and found it very informative.
Published 29 days ago by @jasonk5322
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A must-have for Turabian writers.
Published 1 month ago by kllsty
3.0 out of 5 stars not user friendly for school age students, very complicated
good but could be made to be more user friendly. It was hard to just look up a simple explanation. For example, just a quick check for bibliography format took at least 15 minutes... Read more
Published 1 month ago by L. O.
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for higher education
Purchased this for myself although my oldest son has used it more than I have so far. Great reference with important information. Perfect for someone going through school.
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer
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