- Series: Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing
- Paperback: 436 pages
- Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 7th edition (April 15, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226823377
- ISBN-13: 978-0226823379
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (695 customer reviews)
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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 Publishing) 7th Edition
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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
"This latest edition of the trusted Manual for Writers not only answers nearly every question related to scholarly writing that students could possibly have, but it is full of helpful and wise advice about researching, organizing, and writing everything from undergraduate papers to doctoral dissertations." - Paul S. Boyer, Merle Curti Professor of History Emeritus, University of Wisconsin - Madison"
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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.191) Nothing acknowledges the difficulties of citing scholarly encyclopedia or dictionary references where signed articles are the norm. One can, however, adapt the instructions for edited collections on p.179 to sufficiently cite academic reference works.
Finally, the blue-and-black typesetting makes it much easier to distinguish in-text examples and to move one's eye from section to section.
It is fitting that the 7th edition has been published on the 20th anniversary of Kate Turabian's death. The many improvements in this edition will ensure its place on student bookshelves for years to come.
But the worst thing about the book is the index. There are no page numbers. Instead, the index uses section numbers. For example, If you look up citation of manuscripts, you're guided to "17.6.4," then you have to flip through the book until you find that section. It's on page 195; why couldn't the index just list 195? Finding sections is awkward and unnecessarily time consuming because the sections are different lengths, and start in different parts of the page, unlike page numbers which are all in the top corners, and equal length--it's why they're there! I can only assume that the publisher is attempting to save money by not having to re-index the entire work when printing a new edition. To University of Chicago Press: give readers a proper index, please.
Nerds, do yourselves a favor and update your Turabian manual. You won't be sorry.