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

Kate L. Turabian , Joseph M. Williams , Gregory G. Colomb , Wayne C. Booth , University of Chicago Press Staff
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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 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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First published in 1937, Turabian's manual has been updated to reflect the fifteenth edition of The Chicago Manual of Style (2003) as well as the habits and needs of today's students. The chapter on source citation now includes sections on online databases, e-books, and "informally published electonic sources." A new and lengthy part 1, "Researching and Writing: From Planning to Production," cautions researchers to "beware of Wikipedia" and "never cite it as an authoritative source." Another caution: citation software "may save time, but it is not a substitute for knowing the underlying principles of the style." Quinn, Mary Ellen

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“The highlight of this seventh edition is the expanded focus of the book. [A] new section titled ‘Research and Writing: From Planning to Production’ provides a step-by-step process for conducting research. . . . It will be most beneficial to those new to research and writing, but it does provide a nice refresher for those familiar with the processes. . . . An extensive bibliography and detailed index round out this well-known reference work.”—J.M. Piper-Burton, Choice
(J.M. Piper-Burton CHOICE )

"This book has a great deal of potential for crossover use to technical communcators who work outside academia. This is especially true because there are still technical communicators who are in areas where they are still required to write formal reports. . . . Booth and colleagues have successfully revised the content of the seventh edition to better reflect the reality of how students research and write papers in the Internet age."
(David Kowalsky Technical Communication )

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  • File Size: 2104 KB
  • Print Length: 486 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0226823377
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 7th edition (August 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TSELAK
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102 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 7th Edition of Turabian Is a Great Improvement May 11, 2007
Format:Paperback
The 7th edition of Kate L. Turabian's A Manual for Writers features significant new material, a more user-friendly arrangement, much-needed rules for online resources, and an eye-friendly, two-tone typeset format.

Editors Booth, Colomb, and Williams have adapted material from their The Craft of Research and inserted it as Part I of the 7th edition. Researchers now get both a style guide and a research guide in one book.

The three-part format for the 7th edition also makes it easier to navigate. Part I is the new research guide; Part II is the rules for source citation; Part III is the style guide. In the 6th edition, the first chapter was a guide to the parts of a research paper which then had to be compared to the formats and sample layouts in the last chapter. The new edition combines all this material together in Appendix A along with instructions that are updated to reflect common word processor settings. And the index at the back of the volume now references items by page number rather than chapter and section, a great improvement in my opinion.

The 7th edition brings Turabian up-to-date by including rules and examples for citing online sources. Part II also separates the instructions for notes/bibliography style from the instructions for parenthetical/reference list style. What had been a completely separate chapter for citing public documents is now helpfully included with the rest of the citation rules. Part II of edition 7 now includes over 100 pages of citation examples compared to the 26 pages in chapter 11 of the 6th edition.

One weakness that is not corrected in the new edition is that Turabian's official stance for encyclopedias and other reference works is still that they should only be cited in notes. (17.5.3, p.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nerds of the world, rejoice! May 29, 2007
Format:Paperback
I have owned the Sixth Edition of Turabian for about five years and it has been used to the point of disintegration. I was excited about the new edition and when I received it I was elated to find that the Chicago Style Manual was included with the writer's manual. The editors have updated the manual to include citation of electronic sources which, if you have been doing any academic writing recently, has been a matter of preference. The two-color priniting makes section headings easier to find as you are leafing through the pages. The editors have included a bibliography divided into various disciplines that provides some suggestions for further research. Overall, I am enjoying using the new manual. The biggest downside is that I am having to relearn the section headings that I have grown familiar with over the past five years. Small price to pay for the added advantage of having the Chicago Style Manual at my fingertips.

Nerds, do yourselves a favor and update your Turabian manual. You won't be sorry.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Much Needed Improvement over the Sixth Edition November 11, 2007
Format:Paperback
Students and Scholars have struggled with the Sixth edition of Kate Turabian's_Manual for Writers of Term Papers. . ._ for many years. It was out of date within a couple of years of publication and the new A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Seventh Edition: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)brings much needed help in many areas. For example, while the Sixth edition only began to pay attention to online resources which were just coming into play in a serious way, this new edition gives every type of electronic resource the attention it needs.

Users of the Sixth Edition will notice two things immediately about the new Seventh Edtion. For one thing, it is much thicker. The new editors have incorporated important new material, much of if taken from their own earlier work, The Craft of Research, 2nd edition (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing). There is much more help for struggling students on such matters are writing the first draft, revising, note taking, and even what to do with the paper after the professor returns it. In addition there are new sections on making an oral presentation of one's research and presenting a poster session. These changes make the book much more practical. Those who teach research courses will welcome possibility now to assign a single "does it all" type manual for student use.

The second major change is that much of the material on formatting the paper, as to front matter, headings and subhead, etc.
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39 of 46 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dr Frankenstein's Top Pick September 9, 2008
Format:Paperback
This new edition of the venerable Turabian manual is no more than a rough draft. It is perhaps a second draft, but a work in process nonetheless. The need for a deft ediorial hand to finish work is soon evident to any knowledgable reader. First, the same material on tables and figures is covered in two separate sections. This material could have been consolidated in one place. Second, essential information on references is overly wordy and convoluted, requiring five chapters to present the same material that needed just one in the previous edition. Third, there is a serious lack of focus. The promise of the first section is not fullfilled in the second. The focus shifts. Were this a thesis or a dissertation, it would not get past the student's advisor to the full committee. Were this an article submitted for publication, the editor would return it for needed revisions. Were this a patchwork body of Dr. Frankenstein's creation, it would still need an energizing spark to bring it to life.

There are two distinct sections to this text. The first is an elementary, but polished, introduction to crafting research papers by eminent and accomplished scholars. The second seeks to present "Chicago style for researchers and students," which is the subtitle of the volume. The transition between the two is not smooth. While the first section is for beginners, the second is for advanced students, presenting numerous graphics to help format a dissertation, but just a single graphic for class papers, a title page. Thus, the neophyte is given the task of inferring from the format of a dissertation how a class paper should look. This seems backwards. Shouldn't the task of translating from one format to another be given to the more advanced student? Better yet, why not present both formats?
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for any historian.
this book is a must have for any serious history student. I have been a history major for years now and I'm still learning new things about citation nearly every day because of... Read more
Published 15 days ago by chris kelley
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I read this book multiple times while making my way through grad school. I think I close to memorizing it at one time. Easy to follow for technicalities. Read more
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would recommend seller. Book is great for anyone who has to write long papers, It have good advise make me better much at write.
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Published 3 months ago by Sharon K. Martinez
4.0 out of 5 stars Must have for thesis writers
If you are writing an essay in Chicago style, you need this book. I suggest reading the entire book before even starting any research project that will end in a paper. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nerd16
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great manual.
I used this for school and it worked out great. So I would recommend this manual to anyone that I talk to.
Published 4 months ago by Derrick Gibson
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Great book for writing longer papers like Masters Thesis (which is what I'm using it for). It shipped quickly and was as described.
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This is a must for any Historian that wishes to be published. While the book may be unwieldy and tedious, it does provide the necessary tools for appropriate CMS style papers. Read more
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The book arrived in perfect condition in a very timely manner. It is exactly what I needed for formatingmy research paper for a theology class. Thank you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars easy reference
I bought this after writing my 30+ page paper, because I had another 15 page paper to write.

Wish I would have bought it before, it's good to have. Read more
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