Oct 6, 2016

Turabian Guides

Turabian Guides

Biblical Archaeology

Easiest way to get the perfect citation: World Catalogue.

There are two styles of Chicago/Turabian (also called Society for Biblical Literature or SBL) formatting. Most schools require Chicago/Turabian Notes/Bibliography style. The Notes/Bibliography style is found in chapters 16 and 17 of the Turabian Manual, and is also called Chicago/Turabian: Humanities style by some databases (such as Ebsco) that provide suggested citations.  Whenever you use suggested citations from a database, be sure to check that they are properly capitalized, italicized, Times New Roman 12 point (NOT Arial), etc.

The other Chicago/Turabian Author/Date style, looks much like APA formatting (i.e., Smith 1980, 34).  Examples for this style are found in chapters 18 and 19 of the Turabian Manual.  This style uses parenthetical "in-text" citations style and has a reference list at the end of the paper.

Turabian Guides

Rawlings School of Divinity Writing Guide

Use these additional helpful guides to format your paper in Turabian. Choose the one that suits you best.

Turabian Tools

  • ETURABIAN: This is a great tool to help put your footnotes in the proper format. The Service is free but you will need to set up a username and password.
  • ZOTERO: A helpful footnote tool is the free Firefox plug-in called Zotero. It is used for automatically inserting footnotes into your papers and automatically creating your bibliography and keeping it up to date with any new footnotes you add. You can follow the instructional videos online to set it up. There are also YouTube videos that will help. There are also a necessary word processor plugins, available for Microsoft Word and LibreOffice, OpenOffice and NeoOffice. This will allow you to place footnotes into your papers automatically. Word processor plugins are available here. Gather bibliographic information off of sites like Amazon.com and insert the footnote into your paper with a few clicks of your mouse. If you use Zotero then select their Citation Style: "Chicago Manual of Style (full note)."
  • WORLD CATALOGUE: Search for your book or article. Choose the Cite/Export tab and choose the + for Turabian (6th ed.). Presto you have your bibliography citation. Note: Sometimes the city and publisher or other information is not listed, but you can get that from the Catalogue list for the book under the publisher. For some commentaries it lists the main series and not the individual volume. Always check the footnote for accuracy!

Modified Sept 11, 2019. Copyright © 2017 Dr. David E. Graves

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