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Review: A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Ninth Edition

Now in its ninth edition, Kate Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Research Paper, Theses, and Dissertations (University of Chicago Press, 2018) has been revised to match the seventeenth edition of The Chicago Manual of Style. This celebrated reference work guides advanced writer through the process of research. It is divided into three main parts. (1) Resource and writing addresses a framework for thinking about research, then guides writers through defining a project topic and hypothesis. It moves to finding and engaging sources along with drafting and revising the paper. (2) Source citation provides a quick reference for students using Chicago style to produce citations in note-bibliography or author-date format. (3) Style addresses common grammatical and spelling issues to align with the Manual.

This book is a valuable all-in-one resource for research and writing. Part 1 is especially invaluable for learning how to select sources and interact with them. Part 2 provides definitive answers to citation questions without having to consult sketchy secondary websites or purchase the entire Manual. Part 3 addresses spelling, preparation, and formatting questions at a glance. If you are a researcher using Chicago style, you need this book. If you are a researcher who does not use Chicago style, parts 1 and 3 are still incredibly valuable for you. Easy-to-read headings locate key facts quickly, and this ninth edition includes expanded guidance on interacting with digital/online sources, information literacy, and submitting electronic papers. This is a necessary resource for researchers in advanced programs.

(A complimentary review copy was given in exchange for an honest review.)


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