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Kate L. Turabian literally wrote the book on successful completion and submission of the student paper. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, These, and Dissertations, created from her years of experience with research projects across all disciplines, has sold more than nine million copies since it was first published in 1937. — biography from A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations… (more)
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"She was born Laura Kate Larimore on Chicago’s south side, where she was also raised, graduating from Hyde Park High School. A serious illness prevented Kate from attending college. Instead she took a job as a typist at an advertising agency, where she worked alongside a young Sherwood Anderson. She met her husband, Stephen Turabian, in 1919, and began working at the University as a departmental secretary a few years later. In 1930 she became the University’s dissertation secretary, a newly created position in which every accepted doctoral thesis had to cross her desk. It was there that she wrote a small pamphlet describing the correct style for writing college dissertations."

"A devout Episcopalian, an accomplished cook, an enthusiastic and adventurous traveler, and a voracious reader whose erudition earned the respect of scholars of all ranks despite her lack of the customary academic credentials."
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