Why would you need a guide to the guide?
That's like having a professor hand out a syllabus of what's on the actual syllabus. However, after laboring over the 400+ paged Turabian manual (8th ed.), my personalized guide might save you some precious time. I have picked the most important pages for you to know so that you won't be flipping pages and flipping out all night long.
- In order to start a paper, you need the title page. An example of this can be found on pg. 377 with further explanation on pg. 367.?
- Moving on to the first page of actual content, you may be wondering what to put in a header, how to number the page, what kind of font to use, etc. Well, from pgs 372-374, all of those questions can be answered.
- When you begin typing your paper, be sure to know how to appropriately use headings. This info can be found on pg. 393.
- After busting pages out left and right, you might have forgotten to do some in-text citations (info about quoting starts on pg. 346). These are also called notes, more specifically, footnotes. For examples of footnotes of basic sources, flip to pgs. 146-48. The "N" stands for footnote. Pay attention to that.
- To get an extended list of sources like websites or newspapers, head on over to pgs. 164-65 and find your respective source from that list.
- As you may already know, you can do a shortened form of your sources for subsequent citations. To see how to do this, turn to pgs. 158-61.
- If you use the same source back to back, you can use what is called Ibid. The correct format for this can be found on pg. 161.
- Though not used as often as footnotes, parenthetical notes are explained on pgs. 161-63, and examples are on pgs. 218-20 and 229-30.
- After writing your conclusion, you may need endnotes, but only if your professor requires them. The explanation and format can be read on pg. 157 and seen on pg. 400, respectively.
- Finally, you will need a bibliography page. Flip to pgs. 402-03 for examples of this page. Concerning the specific format, head back over to pgs. 146-48 for the basic bibliography entries (labeled with a "B"), and go to pgs. 164-65 for many more sources.
- For any other specific questions, visit the table of contents on the third page of the book.
See? This is much better than reading 400 pages!
Tim Aney is a coach at Liberty's Undergraduate Writing Center. He is studying psychology.