The Bottom Line
- Turabian covers the basic rules of grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
- Conforms to the Chicago Manual of Style, but is much more affordable.
- Is an easy-to-use reference tool.
- Not as comprehensive as the Chicago Manual of Style.
- Geared toward nonfiction writers, particularly students.
- Does not include grammar exercises or cover other forms of discourse, as some style books do.
- Geared toward students but covers basic rules of grammar, spelling, and punctuation.
- Both affordable and easy to reference.
- Her student's guide may provide solid information for fiction writers beginning to do research.
Guide Review - Kate Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations
The latest edition of A Manual has been updated for the computer age and has an expanded section on style. Her Student's Guide for Writing College Papers also includes basic tips on conducting research and an extensive research bibliography, which may be helpful for writers who did not receive a solid research background in school. Otherwise, much of both volumes will not apply to fiction writers, particularly those sections concerned with citation. However, if you are seeking a basic style book, or already have one of her books on your shelves, Turabian's Manual is a reliable and simple reference tool.