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Writing and Style Guide: Home



Welcome to this repository of documents, files, and templates intended to assist students writing theses and papers at Luther Seminary.

Questions concerning the use or interpretation of this guide may be addressed to any of the persons listed in the Contact Us tab above.

Copies of The Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition, 2010), Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (8th edition, 2013), and the SBL Handbook of Style (2nd edition, 2014) are available for consultation at the library circulation desk. In addition, the Chicago Manual of Style is also available online. See the box to the right.

Writing Guides

Recommended Texts

Badke, William B. Research Strategies: Finding Your Way through the Information Fog. 4th ed. Bloomington, IN: iUniverse Inc., 2011.

Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams. The Craft of Research. Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing. 3rd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008.

Core, Deborah. The Seminary Student Writes. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2000.

Joyner, Randy L., William A. Rouse, Allan A. Glatthorn, and Allan A. Glatthorn. Writing the Winning Thesis or Dissertation: A Step-by-Step Guide. 3rd ed. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2013.

Mauch, James E., and Namgi Park. Guide to the Successful Thesis and Dissertation: A Handbook for Students and Faculty. Books in Library and Information Science 58. 5th ed. New York: M. Dekker, 2003.

Vyhmeister, Nancy J. Quality Research Papers for Students of Religion and Theology. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008.

Yaghjian, Lucretia B. Writing Theology Well: A Rhetoric for Theological and Biblical Writers. New York: Continuum, 2006.

Using This Guide

This guide exists to help Luther Seminary students prepare both classroom research papers and theses required for degree completion. The tabs across the top contain information about the areas of academic writing, documenting sources, and formatting papers. These are summarized as follows:

Writing Center

This tab introduces the Center for Writing office on campus and the services it offers. Handouts which address common writing issues are also located here.

Documenting Sources

The How to Cite tab provides a convenient way to consult footnote and bibliography examples according to the Chicago Manual of Style 17th edition (2017) and its derivative, Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 9th edition (2018). Chicago/Turabian is the recognized style convention for classroom research papers and theses submitted at Luther Seminary.

Formatting Matters

The Templates and Zotero tabs provide information on how to utilize templates and Zotero, a bibliographic citation manager, to automate a great deal of the process of producing a reseach paper or thesis with the proper style and formatting.

Institutional Style and Format Requirements

The Requirements tab outlines style and format requirements specific to Luther Seminary. All students writing thesis proposals or final theses should, in particular, carefully review this information.

Chicago Manual of Style Web Resources

Try the online version of the Chicago Manual of Style. The full content of both the 16th and the 17th editions can be browsed or searched. The other websites below provide examples for using Chicago/Turabian style.