Some course may have specific requirements,
so please be sure to consult the syllabus you receive in class.
Research Essays must include a title page, an introductory/thesis
paragraph, the main body of text (ideas, arguments, critique), endnote
or footnotes, a concluding/summary paragraph, and a bibliography.
The research essays are composed of synthesis and critical analysis
of a theme/idea/event in systematic theology and/or historical theology,
and are presented from an objective point of view. The level of
discourse for research essays is "systematic theology."
All written work is to be typed and double-spaced, and is based
in 12 pt. font.
Students may wish to
consult the guide to Wabash Centre's Links to Research & Writing (see section E.)
Synthesis or Reflection Papers include the same elements as
a research paper, with the addition of some subjective (personal,
spiritual and pastoral) reflections, but no title page and bibliography.
3. Essay and Thesis
Writing & Style Guides
For a formatting reference guide, see the classic:
Kate L. Turabian. A Manual For Writers of Term Papers, Theses
and Dissertations (U. of Chicago: U. of Chicago,1973).
4. Guides to style,
grammar and composition:
William Strunk,The Elements of Style, rev., intro. and a
chapter on writing by E.B. White, 2. ed. (New York: Macmillan, 1972).
OR: Joseph M. Williams. Style: Toward Clarity and Grace (U.
of Chicago: U. of Chicago, 1990).
Students writing A.D.. theses are strongly encouraged to also consult:
The Chicago Manual of Style, 15th ed. (Chicago: U. of Chicago,