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) 8th Edition, Kindle Edition
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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.
I might even read it cover to cover.
guidelines to help students understand how to write, cite, and formally submit research
writing. The Manual retains three-part structure, leading off 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 data 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 issues of editorial style,
with advice on punctuation, capitalization, spelling, abbreviations, table formatting, and
the use of quotations.
Everything in this book is very positive and insightful for those writing or
executing a research. I liked the way the book is divided, it makes our job easier for us to
adopt and apply its orientation to our work. Although I believe it is easy to follow a
guideline such as this, I do not intent to say that it is an easy work, it requires a lot of
attention and work
It will get my work more organized.
I suggest using this on the computer app over phone/Kindle. Its a bit easier to navigate and if you are typing a paper its already on the screen for you!
A con I immediately noticed is something most Kindle books have: spacing/formatting issues. Paragraphs get a little wonky (visually) with Kindle. While this isn't an issue for books you are simply reading, it is a problem for books like these style manuals where we rely on spacing rules and formatting. Basically the biggest reason you are a student using a Turabian book is to cite your sources correctly. If you are unfamiliar with indentions, hanging paragraphs, etc. in bibliography/footnotes etc. then I suggest the hardcopy.
If you are using this to make sure you use a comma and not a period when writing a footnote or the correct way to cite a legal document or something, this is perfectly fine. Especially on such short notice.
A lot of people assume you can google Turabian just as well but I've found most sites are not consistent, use an old edition of Turabian, or only have basic citation examples like Books, Magazines, Two authors. In order to get the most accurate and complete citation information the book/kindle is the way to go. Graduate level or upper level undergrads would probably do ok with the Kindle version. Those who are a bit rusty or are Freshman/Sophomore should buy the hard copy
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