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A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations


For close to sixty years Kate L. Turabian's "Manual for Writers" has offered comprehensive and detailed guidance to authors of research papers--term papers, theses, and dissertations. Now the editors of "The Chicago Manual of Style" have revised Turabian's "Manual" to bring the details of style into conformity with the fourteenth edition of "The Chicago Manual." This new edition of "Turabian" also reflects the way students work today, taking into account the role of personal computers in the preparation and presentation of their papers. The familiar organization of this popular book remains largely unchanged. Chapter 1 describes the parts of a long formal paper. Chapters 2-5 introduce the mechanics of writing style, from abbreviations to quotations. Chapters 6 and 7 show how to prepare and refer to tables and illustrations. The section on documentation, chapters 8-12, describes two of the most commonly used systems of citation; these chapters provide many examples including guidance on how to cite electronic documents. Chapter 13, on manuscript preparation, shows how to take advantage of word processing software to present the elements of a paper clearly and effectively. Chapter 14 offers more than two dozen sample pages illustrating ways of formatting some of the complex features found in many research papers. Authoritative, comprehensive, easy to use, and filled with good sense, this new edition will be the standard for yet another generation of students and their teachers. Kate Turabian (1893-1987) was dissertation secretary at the University of Chicago from 1930 to 1958. This manual and her "Student's Guide for Writing College Papers" made her name so well known thatshe has become "part of the folklore of Amererican higher education" ( "Quill and Scroll" ). John Grossman prepared and Alice Bennett copyedited the fourteenth edition of "The Chicago Manual of Style." Hide synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.667
by VTHISTORIAN on Jun 3, 2011

A nice and easy reference that is well organized. Highly recommended. I've never found a better reference.

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by Jed S on Sep 24, 2010

This volume is very helpful and even necessary for the writing of certain scholarly papers. I find it easy to read, the layout is good.


Excellent resource for writers

by bookjunkie2 on Sep 27, 2007

Kate L. Turabian has provided writers with a concise, easy to use reference tool in "A Manual For Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Disserations". It deserves an easily accessable place on every writers bookshelf, be they a student, writer by profession, teacher or simply one who values writing well.

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