Writing Tips for Religious Studies Students

One of the major goals of the religious studies faculty is to help our majors and minors develop the art of analytical and critical writing—an art that is one of the hallmarks of being a liberally educated person. The department has developed this manual to give you some fundamental guidelines to follow as you develop your ability to write in a clear, concise, correct, and convincing style.

The guidelines presented in this manual reflect writing standards and practices that are expected by all of the religious studies faculty members.

The model examples of Turabian documentation in this manual provide the forms of documentations that you will use most frequently. For less frequently used formats, you will need to consult Kate L. Turabian, A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 7th ed. (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2007).


Two monks reading
Two monks reading in a library. From Le Livre de bonnes moeurs, by Jacques Legrand. France, ca. 1490.
Illuminated manuscript page. Parchment, 22.4 x 17.0 cm. Ms.297, f.41v, detail. Photo: René-Gabriel Ojéda.