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Turabian Style 8th Edition: Writing Guide: Home

A quick guide to Turabian: formatting, citations, and examples

Important Information

The best resource for Turabian help:

A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations by Kate L. Turabian

Copies are available at the Customer Service Center and on the shelves of the Jerry Falwell Library. You can also purchase a copy through the Liberty University Bookstore.

The official Turabian "quick guide" can be found here.


Here are some additional online resources:

Liberty University Writing Center Turabian Guide

Liberty University School of Divinity Turabian Guide

Watch the Jerry Falwell Library's webinar on Turabian here.

What is Turabian?

The Turabian writing style is taken from Kate L. Turabian's Manual for Writers of Research papers, Theses, and Dissertations. In this book there are two basic documentation systems presented. The first, and the most used, is the Notes-Biblography style, and the second is Author-Date style. The Notes-Bibliography style is also called Chicago/Turabian: Humanities style. It is found in chapters 16 and 17 of the Turabian manual. Chapters 18 and 19 give examples for the Author-Date style.

Notes-Bibliography style is the most widely used, and is the Turabian style used by most Liberty courses. This style presents the citation information in footnotes and a bibliography.


Different departments can have slight variations to the Turabian format. Always check with your instructor to see what requirements they are expecting you to use for your assignments.