Writing Guides and Resources

Writing and Citation Guides

Eden Seminary Requirements and Samples

General Requirements for Eden Projects and Theses
Sample Title Page
Sample Approval Page
Sample Abstract Page

Writing guides in Religion & Theology

Core, Deborah. The Seminary Student Writes. St. Louis: Chalice Press, 2000.
BR117.C67 2000

Vyhmeister, Nancy Jean.Your Indispensable Guide to Writing Quality Research Papers for Students of Religion and Theology. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2001. 
BL41.V94 2001

Yaghijian, Lucretia B. Writing Theology Well: a Rhetoric for Theological and Biblical Writers. New York: Continuum, 2006. 
BR44.Y34 2006

For Doctor of Ministry Students:
Myers, William R.  Research in Ministry: a Primer for the Doctor of Ministry Program. Chicago:  Exploration Press, 2002. 
BV4165.M94 2002 


Students should be familiar with the section entitled “Academic Honor Code and Disciplinary Policy” in the Eden Theological Seminary Student Handbook, from which the following paragraphs are excerpted: 
It is expected that students will give proper acknowledgment when using sources in written or oral projects. The direct quotation or paraphrase of persons’ speech, or material in articles, books etc., as well as the use of the ideas of others (as these have been spoken or written) in one’s work needs to be acknowledged appropriately (i.e., in footnotes, endnotes, or other ways that the class instructor may indicate as acceptable.)

The failure to properly acknowledge the quotations, paraphrases or the ideas of others, or in any way to present the ideas or materials from sources as one’s own is considered plagiarism, and is unacceptable academic behavior at Eden Seminary.

Explanations and examples of plagiarism can be found in Joseph Gibaldi’s MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, available in the Luhr Reading and Reference Library (REF LB2369.G53 2003) and in the Plagiarism Prevention Guide from Delta State University.

Citation Style Manuals

Citing (that is, listing) books, journal articles, recordings, interviews, etc. used in writing academic papers is required in order to acknowledge sources of quotations, facts, ideas, etc.  Students must use an approved citation style in papers, projects, and theses as follows:
  • Class papers--students should check with the instructor to see which citation style he/she requires or recommends.
  • MAPS projects, M.Div or M.T.S. theses and D.Min project-theses-- use the latest edition of Kate L. Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Term Papers,Theses, and Dissertations.
The following citation style manuals are in the reference collection of the Luhr Reading & Reference Library at Eden Seminary and, except as noted, in the reference collection of Emerson Library at Webster University.  These guides can also be found in most academic and larger public libraries.  Links are provided for online helps for using the style manuals.  The University of Purdue Online Writing Lab provides a guide for several commonly-used style manuals.

A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations  (“Turabian”)
REF LB2369.T8 2013
Turabian Quick Guide

Based on the Chicago Manual of Style, the Turabian manual offers guidance to writers of class papers, theses, and dissertations. Adapting portions of The Craft of Research (2003) by Wayne C. Booth and others, the 2013 edition of Turabian includes an extensive section on "Research and Writing: from Planning to Production." Methods of citation in academic writing are accompanied by examples of citations and sample pages from research papers. The final section of Turabian focuses on matters of style: spelling, punctuation, abbreviations, etc.  

Chicago Manual of Style
REF Z253.U69 2010
Chicago Manual of Style Online

While intended for writers and editors of scholarly books and journals, this manual has features that can benefit seminary students, too.  Guidance on citing electronic works (chapter 17) is more complete and current than what Turabian offers.  After covering selected troublesome grammatical problems, the author of chapter 5 “shows how to put words and phrases together to achieve clarity, warns against pomposity, and identifies common errors [of usage].”  A glossary on difficult words or expressions, guidance on bias-free language and a list of words with their associated prepositions conclude the chapter.

SBL (Society of Biblical Literature) Handbook of Style for Ancient Near Eastern, Biblical, and Early Christian Studies 
REF Z253.S25 1999
Online Student Supplement to the SBL Handbook of Style

This guide is designed for authors writing in the disciplines listed in the handbook’s subtitle.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
REF BF76.7 .P83 2001
Online guide: Cornell University Library

In addition to using it as a citation style manual, persons who write in the fields of psychology, the behavioral sciences, sociology, social work and other related disciplines turn to this manual for help in such matters as the presentation of case studies, tables and statistical reports.  An entire chapter is devoted to “Expressing Ideas and Reducing Bias in Language.” 

American Psychological Association (APA) Style Guide to Electronic References
Available online (password protected)

Provides guidelines for determining what details to include in references to electronic resources. Includes examples for citing journal articles, electronic books, encyclopedia and dictionary articles, and other electronic materials.

MLA (Modern Language Association) Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
REF LB2369 .G53 2009
Online guide: Purdue Online Writing Lab, Purdue University

The Modern Language Association Handbook, widely used in undergraduate schools, includes extensive coverage and examples of how to cite the sources used in a research paper.  An entire chapter is devoted to the issue of plagiarism.  The handbook also contains guidance on research methods, such as selecting a topic, conducting research, compiling a working bibliography, evaluating sources, writing drafts, etc.

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