Academic Writing: A Beginning

Jeff Childers, my colleague and friend offers the following guide for students. I copy his post here as a resource. For the busy pastor or interested layperson, the resources for building your library are excellent.

Resources for Graduate Study & Writing


The following will guide you in writing papers according to the correct GST style:

Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations. 7th ed.  Chicago: University of Chicago, 2007.

Alexander, Patrick H., et al, eds., The SBL Handbook of Style. Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson, 1999).

Some professors specify SBL style; others require Turabian. If you are unsure, don’t hesitate to ask them.

If you are in the ACU domain, click here (SBL Form) to see examples of the most common citations in SBL form. Or see the following guides on the web: Turabian, SBL, Chicago. A simple Google search will reveal many helpful websites. Rule: Be consistent.

The following is recommended as a source of guidance in writing papers:

Vyhmeister, Nancy Jean. Quality Research Papers. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2008.

Yaghjian, Lucretia B. Writing Theology Well. NY:Continuum, 2006

The following is recommended as an overview of the range of literature available in theological studies:

Stewart, David R. The Literature of Theology: a Guide for Students and Pastors. Revised edition. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2003.

The following is recommended for those seeking in-depth guidance in building their personal libraries:

David R. Bauer, An Annotated Guide to Biblical Resources for Ministry. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2003.