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A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 6th Edition (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing) 6th Edition

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ISBN-10: 0226816273
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Newly revised to conform with the Chicago Manual of Style, Turabian's Manual for Writers provides comprehensive, detailed, superior guidance to writers of research papers. From "Parts of the Paper" (including the niceties of copyrights and dedications) to "Sample Layouts," everything to do with format is covered. Mechanics of style (abbreviations to quotations) are reviewed, there's help on tables and illustrations, and chapters on bibliographies, parenthetical references, note taking, and citations. There are suggestions for manuscript preparation, hints on word-processing software, and formatting for research papers' more complex features. When you're up to your eyebrows in research data, it's a vast relief to have quick, accessible, reliable answers to your questions of structure, scholarly propriety, and academic style. --Stephanie Gold

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A mainstay in high-school and college libraries for nearly 60 years, Turabian has now been updated to incorporate references to the fourteenth edition of The Chicago Manual of Style [RBB O 1 93]. Founding author Turabian died in 1987; this edition was revised by John Grossman and Alice Bennett, who edited the most recent edition of The Manual of Style. The arrangement of the book remains the same. Chapters 13 and 14 show the ubiquity of computers. It is assumed that students now write their papers on a PC; typewriter users are referred back to the previous edition. The documentation chapters tell how to cite CD-ROM and online sources, and the bibliography at the end of the book has been updated. However, much of the book is unchanged. Librarians will want to see what kind of condition their 1987 edition of this book is in when deciding whether to purchase this new one. Sandy Whiteley --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 6th edition (April 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226816273
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226816272
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Francoise Labrique on April 29, 2000
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A must have for all college and graduate students. Turabian answers all questions regarding proper citation, organization, and formatting. The only downside is that research has changed dramatically since this issue was published and the book is not too helpful in dealing with electronic/internet resources.
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As a new graduate student I found myself overwhelmed by the requirements of the standard research paper. Having little knowledge of the proper way to reference and list bibliographies, I went to the local library for help. The librarian suggested Turabian's book. Needless to say I took her advice and brought the book home with me. I found this book to be an invaluable tool. So much in-fact that I decided to purchase a copy for myself. No student library is complete without this book.
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I have used this book in my project and dissertation research as well as writing papers and the book met all my needs. I found the book to contain detailed guidelines that facilitated my writing exercises, including paper layouts, formatting, citing references, manuscript preparation, advice on word-processing software, among several other tips and hints. The book is suitable for those undertaking undergraduate or postgraduate research studies or anyone wishing to produce a high quality piece of writing.

Although there is room for updating the book to meet the latest technological developments, this does not detract from the fact that this is one of the best books around on guidance on writing papers, theses and dissertations. The book is highly recommended for those writing academic or professional papers and projects, including publishing articles in journals and periodicals.
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I have been using the Terabian style book for about ten years. Though Kate Terabian passed away several years ago, her legacy lives on in her style book. The book is well-organized, and covers every question I have ever had regarding punctuation, formatting, and style. The proliferation of examples is what makes it easy to use. I would recommend it, especially for serious academic writers, both students and teachers. The only caution I have is that a casual writer may find it too technical.
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The text is exactly what it claims to be. I purchased this book for a course in Historical Methods and I've used it to the point of needing a second copy. This manual is so incredibly detailed and concise that I wouldn't think of writing a paper (in any course or context) without it! I love it, it gives detailed instructions and examples for just about every scenario one might stumble upon in writing, whether it be research or not. I'd definately recommend this manual to anyone, academic, professional, or anyone else; who writes in any form.
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When you are in an academic program without "official" paper format guidelines this is a handy book to have. In my undergraduate years I never liked the break of flow APA format imposes upon writers or readers. This caused me to make up my own style until I hit graduate school where we had to pick a "standard or common" style. My dissertation adviser recommended Turabian so I picked up this book. It's now one of the top 5 books I recommend all my students get when they need help with research and writing. The only way it could be better is if it was an ecopy I could keep with me at all times.
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Recommended by all my Professors this semester, Turabian's book is a classic for anyone charged with writing essays in Chicago style formatting. Still, locating the text online can be more relevant in cases such as Youtube video citation or blogs which are not covered in this edition. While it seems a bit easier to hunt these instructions down online, the hardcopy is a useful tool to have in your collection. Still crossing my fingers that the academic world would just PICK ONE format and use it universally, already!
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This book was suggested by name for two of my college courses. It takes some of the fear out of turning in a paper that requires notation. It should be an item of reference on any student's shelf.
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