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A manual for writers of research papers, theses, and dissertations

Video - How to Cite in Chicago/Turabian Style (2 min. 51 sec.)


When Kate Turabian first put her famous guidelines to paper, she could hardly have imagined the world in which today's students would be conducting research. Yet while the ways in which we research and compose papers may have changed, fundamentals remain the same: writers need to have a strong research question, construct an evidence-based argument, cite their sources, and structure their work in a logical way. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations -- also known as "Turabian"-- remains one of the most popular books for writers because of its timeless focus on achieving these goals. Part 1 covers every step of the research and writing process, including drafting and revising. Part 2 offers a comprehensive guide to the two methods of Chicago-style source citation: notes-bibliography and author-date. Part 3 gets into matters of editorial style and the correct way to present quotations and visual material. Through eight decades and millions of copies, A Manual for Writers has helped generations shape their ideas into compelling research papers.