IMPROVE YOUR WRITING
The purpose of the Writing Center is to help students improve in the very critical task of writing. This page will include helpful tutorial videos, links to useful websites for further study, and explanations about our Tutor.com service.
All students are now required to use Turabian, 9th edition. Students are encouraged to purchase the latest edition and keep it handy at all times. Because you are often at the library, you may find it helpful to purchase the digital edition to keep on your laptop.
Another name for Turabian is the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition. Turabian was the graduate school dissertation secretary at the University of Chicago from 1930–1958. While previous editions differed slightly, the CMS 17 and Turabian 9 are essentially the same things.
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Students are required to use the basic formatting in all assignments regardless of whether a professor requires it. For example, all assignments should have 1″ margins on all sides, use Times New Roman font (12 pt) for body text, and double-spaced. Additionally, students will find key abbreviations (including Bible abbreviations), comma usage, and more in Turabian.
When students cite sources, they should use the Notes-Bibliography style. In this style, students include a footnote at the end of the sentence. The final page of the assignment will include a Bibliography of sources cited. For more details, see the Turabian Student Tip Sheet.
CCBS Style Guide
To assist students with common issues in their writing, we have developed the “CCBS Style Guide.” This guide is designed to help writing style issues, punctuation/format issues, how to cite the Bible, and even gives clarity to citing Bible related sources. Students are encouraged to skim through the CCBS Style Guide before submitting all writing assignments.
To download the current version of the CCBS Style Guide, click CCBS Style Guide 2020.
- Purdue Online Writing Lab — Very helpful website.
- Turabian Quick Guide — Sample footnote styles for various types of resources.
When using Greek or Hebrew, please be sure to use an approved font. Download from the links below.
Basics of Turabian
Creating a Bibliography
Zotero Citation Management Software
How to Cite the Bible in Your Papers
CCBS has partnered with Tutor.com to provide students a resource to assist them in their writing. From within your Populi course page, students should be able to access the link for Tutor.com. If the link is not provided, please contact your course instructor.
Each student receives a limited amount of minutes per term. If students exceed their amount, they should contact their Academic Advisor for more. (The limitation is only to prevent one student from using up the entire school’s hours!)
- Connect with a Tutor Now — Students who want to interact with a live tutor should select this option. Within moments, a tutor will connect and assist them with reviewing their paper. (Available 24/7)
- Submit a Paper for Review — Students who merely want someone to look over their work and get it back the next day should select this option. Within a 24-hour window (usually much quicker), a tutor will review the paper, add comments, and return.
In addition to receiving valuable assistance in reviewing your paper, every session is recorded. So once you’re done, you can go back at any time to review the session for future assistance.