Turabian Style

Most academic disciplines have a certain set of rules and methods that their members use for writing. For example, English departments traditionally use the Modern Language Association (MLA) style. These rules, or styles, as they are more commonly known, apply not only to students for class papers, theses, and dissertations, but also to those established scholars who submit any papers to conferences, symposia, or academic and professional journals.

The MALS Program uses Turabian Style in all of its courses. All of the specifications for this style are included in the style manual: Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 7th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.

It is HIGHLY recommended that you purchase a copy of this style manual, as you will refer to it many, many times throughout your time in the MALS Program. It is available at the ETSU Bookstore, or through many other dealers online or in the store.

Keep in mind, however, that your subject-field electives may require you to use a different style manual such as APA or MLA for your assignments related to those courses. Also, you must use the preferred style guidelines of your G.A.C. chair when writing your thesis or support paper for a special project. For resources on these styles, please visit the Sherrod Library Web site or the Helpful Links page on this site.

Click below for a handout full of great advice on style:

Style Handout

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