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Style Manuals and Citation Policies
Bethany’s comprehensive style manual represents the culmination of several different efforts to bring consistency and provide guidelines for all of Bethany’s written works. These guidelines apply to works written by students or faculty, whether they are published in print, electronically, or on the web, and whether they are meant primarily as academic works, for communication with various constituencies of Bethany, or for sharing within our community.
Consisting of five separate pieces, the Comprehensive Style Manual pulls all five of these guidelines, each with a different albeit complimentary focus, together into one resource. Each of these separate guidelines has received each own formal approval, whether by faculty, the administrative team, or the publications committee. The five pieces included listed here for quick individual reference:
- Bethany’s Writing Style Guidelines (following The Chicago Manual of Style for writing and The SBL Handbook of Style for religious terms);
- Graphics Standards Manual (guidelines for Bethany logos and fonts);
- Style Guide for Electronic Documents (tips for effective electronic writing);
- Style Guide for Bethany Web Pages (guidelines for our website);
- Turabian Style for Citing Sources: A Quick Reference Guide for Students (following Turabian for student papers, which is based upon The Chicago Manual of Style).
It is of particular note for students that Bethany's Faculty has adopted the following Turabian Citation Style Policy:
The citation standard format for all written assignments, including essays, research papers, and theses, at Bethany Theological Seminary, is the “Notes-Bibliography” style in the most recent edition of Kate Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Guides to Writing, Editing, and Publishing (Chicago: University of Chicago Press). Individual faculty may choose to follow the “Parenthetical Citation-Reference List” style presented in Turabian, but must explicitly indicate this on course syllabi. Faculty also have the freedom to choose to require other citation styles (APA, Chicago, SBL, etc.) in their courses, but must state this explicitly on course syllabi.
For more information on Bethany's style and citation style, please contact:
Steven Schweitzer, Academic Dean
Jenny Williams, Director of Communications
Enten Eller, Director of Electronic Communication