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Thesis and Dissertation Guide

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General Information for Form and Style

The student should consult with the coordinator on what is appropriate; each Area generally has a preferred style related to its particular discipline(s). The reference librarians can assist in following a particular style, but they do not determine what form/style the student should use. If the Area does not specify a particular writing style, footnote form, and/or bibliographic format, the student should consult the Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers, 8th edition, by Kate Turabian, published by University of Chicago Press (2013).

The student must also follow the GTU Master’s Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation guidelines, available on the GTU website

Turabian/Chicago Style

For a short summation see the Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide. The book links below may be useful for those who want a print reference copy. Turabian is essentially an abridged, print guide to the Chicago Manual of Style and is used by GTU schools. 

SBL (Society of Biblical Literature) Style

The SBL Handbook of Style (see the link below), is especially pertinent for citations of Biblical and Classical sources.

MLA (Modern Language Association) Style

APA (American Psychological Association) Style