A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations
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A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (published by the University of Chicago Press and often referred to simply as Turabian), is a style guide for writing and formatting research papers (such as the arrangement and punctuation of footnotes and bibliographies). The style described in this book is commonly known as Turabian style, after the book's original author, Kate L. Turabian.
The seventh edition, published on April 15, 2007 (U.S.) and May 10, 2007 (UK), "has undergone its most extensive revision … 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".
According to the publisher, prior to this edition, Turabian's Manual "sold more than seven million copies since it was first published in 1937."
New features of the seventh edition
This edition of Turabian's Manual was revised by Wayne C. Booth, Gregory Colomb and Joseph M. Williams—authors of The Craft of Research—and the University of Chicago Press Editorial Staff. The contributors "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."
Except for a few minor differences, Turabian style is the same as The Chicago Manual of Style. However, while The Chicago Manual of Style focuses on providing guidelines for publishing in general, Turabian's Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations focuses on providing guidelines for student papers, theses and dissertations.
In some aspects (sometimes only minor punctuation details), however, Turabian differs from the styles that are developed and published in style guides by professional scholarly organizations, such as MLA style and APA style.
The most recent version of Turabian (seventh ed.), like MLA style and APA style, and also like the most recent edition of The Chicago Manual of Style (Chicago style), enables use of footnotes and/or endnotes in combination with parenthetical referencing; for comparison, see, for example, MLA style "content notes". According to the description of the seventh edition, Turabian's Manual "presents two basic documentation systems, notes-bibliography style (or simply bibliography style) and parenthetical citations–reference list style (or reference list style). These styles are essentially the same as those presented in The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, with slight modifications for the needs of student writers."
Turabian's key contrast with the APA style is that it was developed specifically for the purpose of being used in papers written for a class and not for publication, whereas APA was originally developed by the American Psychological Association for use in writing intended for publication in professional journals, although college writing course textbooks (e.g., those published by Bedford-St. Martin's) present APA style as the documentation style to use for student research papers in the social sciences and related fields.
Whereas the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers is directed to high-school and college and university undergraduate students (and their teachers), and the MLA Style Manual is directed to more advanced graduate students, scholars and professional writers, Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations is directed to both levels of students who are writing graduate-level (M.A. and Ph.D.) theses and dissertations, as well as undergraduate research papers.
Some academic journals in musicology, history, art history, women's studies, and theology require use of Chicago style or the Turabian style for published articles in them. After articles are submitted for consideration (which may require another set of style guidelines at that time, usually the prevailing format of the discipline [MLA or APA]), the journals generally send their specific publishing house style sheets for authors to follow in preparing the accepted articles for final publication, indicating what published style guide is to be followed.
- U of Chicago P book site
- "Who Was Kate Turabian?", a section of the University of Chicago Press website for A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. Retrieved on March 11, 2009.
- For examples of parenthetical referencing in the seventh ed. of Turabian's Manual, see "Turabian Quick Guide" on the University of Chicago Press book site. The parenthetical citation style in those examples appears closest to "author-date" style, which is used in APA style as well, with some differences (no use of "p." or "pp." before page numbers).
- See, e.g., Bedford-St. Martin's "Premium Web site and e-Book for Rules for Writers, 6th ed., by Diane Hacker; its "Table of Contents" includes separate sections of multiple chapters on both "Writing MLA Papers" and "Writing APA Papers".
- Hacker, Diane. Premium Web site and e-Book for Rules for Writers. 6th ed. ISBN 0-312-48878-5 (10). ISBN 978-0-312-48878-9 (13). (E-book)
- Luey, Beth. Handbook for Academic Authors. 4th ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002. ISBN 978-0-521-89198-1.
- Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 7th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007. ISBN 0-226-82337-7 (10). ISBN 978-0-226-82337-9 (13). ISBN 0-226-82336-9 (10). ISBN 978-0-226-82336-2 (13).
- A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers – Dedicated book site at the University of Chicago Press; includes "Who was Kate Turabian?" and "Turabian Quick Guide" and other related links.
- The Chicago Manual of Style Online
- BibMe Bibliography Generator
- "Turabian Citation Style Guide" at The Ohio State University Library.