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Student’s Guide to Writing College Papers

Fourth Edition

Kate L. Turabian

Student’s Guide to Writing College Papers
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Kate L. Turabian

Revised by Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams, and the University of Chicago Press Editorial Staff
304 pages | 21 line drawings, 6 tables | 6 5/8 x 9 3/8 | © 2010
Paper $15.00 ISBN: 9780226816319 Published April 2010
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High school students, two-year college students, and university students all need to know how to write a well-reasoned, coherent research paper—and for decades Kate Turabian’s Student’s Guide to Writing College Papers has helped them to develop this critical skill. In the new fourth edition of Turabian’s popular guide, the team behind Chicago’s widely respected The Craft of Research has reconceived and renewed this classic for today’s generation. Designed for less advanced writers than Turabian’s Manual of Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Seventh Edition, Gregory G. Colomb and Joseph M. Williams here introduce students to the art of defining a topic, doing high-quality research with limited resources, and writing an engaging and solid college paper.

The Student’s Guide is organized into three sections that lead students through the process of developing and revising a paper. Part 1, "Writing Your Paper," guides students through the research process with discussions of choosing and developing a topic, validating sources, planning arguments, writing drafts, avoiding plagiarism, and presenting evidence in tables and figures. Part 2, "Citing Sources," begins with a succinct introduction to why citation is important and includes sections on the three major styles students might encounter in their work—Chicago, MLA, and APA—all with full coverage of electronic source citation. Part 3, "Style," covers all matters of style important to writers of college papers, from punctuation to spelling to presenting titles, names, and numbers.

With the authority and clarity long associated with the name Turabian, the fourth edition of Student’s Guide to Writing College Papers is both a solid introduction to the research process and a convenient handbook to the best practices of writing college papers. Classroom tested and filled with relevant examples and tips, this is a reference that students, and their teachers, will turn to again and again.

Preface for Teachers
Introduction: Why Research?


1 What Researchers Do and How They Think about It
2 Finding a Research Question
3 Planning for an Answer
4 Finding Useful Sources
5 Engaging Sources
6 Planning Your Argument
7 Planning a First Draft
8 Drafting Your Paper
9 Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing Sources
10 Preventing Plagiarism
11 Presenting Evidence in Tables and Figures
12 Revising Your Draft
13 Writing Your Final Introduction and Conclusion
14 Revising Sentences
15 Learning from Your Returned Paper
16 On the Spirit of Research


17 Citations
18 Chicago Style
19 MLA Style
20 APA Style


21 Spelling: Plurals, Possessives, and Hyphenation
22 Punctuation
23 Titles, Names, and Numbers

Appendix A: Formatting Your Paper
Appendix B: Glossary of Grammatical Terms
Appendix C: Resources for Research and Writing
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