Douglas E. Oakman Paper Helps Page

These writing reference works are standard for all my courses:

Patrick Alexander, The SBL Handbook of Style: For Ancient Near Eastern, Biblical, and early Christian Studies. Hendrickson Publishers, 1999. Ref. PN147.S26 1999 -- Style issues in biblical studies.

H. Ramsey Fowler and Jane E. Aaron, The Little, Brown Handbook (LBHB). 11th ed. Longman Publishing Group, 2010. Ref. PE1112.F64 -- This is highly recommended for correcting  problems with standard written English. Other recent editions will usually work.

Kate L. Turabian, revised by Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, Joseph M. Williams. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers. 7th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.  Ref. LB2369.T8 2007 -- This is the bible for all questions related to the Chicago formatting style.


The top twenty most common writing mistakes (for additional information see LHBH abbreviations)

LBHB abbreviations

Writing a critique or critical analysis

Writing a good introduction

Note-taking in college

Getting oriented in biblical studies

Chicago paper format basics

Research citation in the Chicago style (note-bibliography)

Research citation in the Chicago style (author-date)

Research papers and plagiarism

Grading matrix



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