Thursday, October 21, 2010

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

A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Seventh Edition: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers (Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing)Continuing with my history theme...This IHEC Blog post, however, really has nothing to do with international education other I will be following this style guide for my dissertation which will be on an international education topic.  This IHEC Blog post has more to do with The University of Chicago where I work and the historical influence this institution has had in academia.  It is truly an amazing place to work and it makes you be at the top of your game everyday.  

For this post, I'm writing some information about a style guide that I have to follow for formatting my dissertation.  I had always heard about Turabian Style but never knew anything about it or its history so I thought I would copy and paste some interesting (at least to me) information and history from Wikipedia (with links to The University of Chicago Press) about Kate L. Tirabian and her style guide. "A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations" by Kate L. Turabian is a style guide for writing and formatting research papers. 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. The most recent version of Turabian (7th ed.) enables use of footnotes and/or endnotes in combination with parenthetical referencing. Turabian was the graduate school dissertation secretary at The University of Chicago from 1930 to 1958. The school required her approval for every master's thesis and doctoral dissertation.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this post. It's very interesting to learn about the history of Turabian. I definitely prefer articles/dissertations that use footnotes instead of endnotes - beats having to flip to the back every 30 seconds for more context.