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. This resource is also available on line at:

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 Research Essays (William Badke)

Writing a critique or critical analysis (Hobart and William Smith Colleges)

Writing a good introduction (UNC at Chapel Hill)

Making good arguments: See The MEAL Plan (Main idea, Evidence, Analysis, Link) at Northcentral University

Note-taking in college (Cal Poly)

Getting oriented in biblical studies

Chicago paper format basics including citation

Research papers and academic integrity (avoiding Plagiarism)

Sample 'A-student' work for my lower-division Religion courses

Grading matrix (gives an idea of what I look for while grading papers)

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Last modified: 01/07/2015