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ISBN: 9781783688951
Imprint: Langham Global Library
Format: Paperback
Dimensions (mm): 229 x 152 x 12
Publication Date: 30/09/2016
Pages: 218
Language: English

Writing and Research

A Guide for Theological Students


Written in a simple yet engaging style, Dr Kevin Smith applies his years of experience and expertise in scholarly writing and research in this one-volume guide. Perfect as an introduction for new and continuing undergraduate or postgraduate students, this publication provides helpful guidelines and illustrations on all the elements that go into producing an academic work. Combining specific instruction on researching and preparing an academic work, as well as practical advice for task management, makes this an ideal go-to guide for students and supervisors alike.

Author Bios

Kevin Gary Smith

KEVIN GARY SMITH is the Head of Academics at the South African Theological Seminary (SATS). He previously served as a teaching pastor at His People Christian Church. He holds a DLitt in Greek from the University of Stellenbosch and a PhD in Theology from SATS. At SATS, he has been actively involved in mentoring students at all levels with academic writing, and guiding master’s and doctoral candidates in the design of research projects. Kevin is married to Lyndi and they have one son.


This is a must-have book that ought to be available at each student’s desk and at all libraries. Dr Smith, thank you for your much appreciated service to global theological education.

Rev Riad Kassis, PhD
International Director, International Council for Evangelical Theological Education
Director of Langham Scholars Programme, Langham Partnership

I warmly commend to my academic colleagues this up-to-date guide to academic writing and theological research for their consideration, and possible recommendation to their students.

Professor Arthur Song
Former Dean of the Faculty of Theology, University of Zululand
Former Head of Postgraduate School, South African Theological Seminary

Table of Contents

  1. Foreword
  2. Preface
    1. Part A Academic Writing
      1. 1. Writing Assignments
        1. Plan Your Essay
        2. Write Your Essay
        3. Summary
      2. 2. Scholarly Writing
        1. Some Thoughts about Structure
        2. A Few Tips concerning Style
        3. General Advice about Presentation
      3. 3. In-Text Citations
        1. The Advantages of In-Text Citations
        2. The Elements of In-Text Citations
        3. How to Add an In-Text Citations
        4. How to Handle Variations on the Main Elements
        5. Some Loose Ends
        6. Summary
      4. 4. Footnote Citations
        1. Two Types of Footnotes
        2. Advantages of Footnote Citations
        3. Principles of Footnote Citations
        4. Examples of Common Footnote Citations
        5. Multiple Citations in One Footnote
      5. 5. The Bibliography
        1. Types of Bibliographies
        2. How to Compose a C+bibliography Entry
        3. Examples of Common bibliography Entries
        4. Bibliography Entries for Other Sources
        5. Punctuation in a Bibliography
        6. How to Order the Works in a Bibliography
        7. Summary
      6. 6. Plagiarism
        1. Defining Plagiarism
        2. Dealing with Plagiarism
        3. Avoiding Plagiarism
        4. Recognising Plagiarism
        5. Undermining Plagiarism
        6. Challenging Plagiarists
      7. 7. Formatting an Academic Paper
        1. The Cover Page
        2. The Declaration and Dedication (only for theses)
        3. Abstract
        4. Table of Contents
        5. Normal Pages
        6. Headers and Footers
        7. The First Pages
        8. Numbered and Bulleted Lists
        9. Tables and Figures
        10. Bibliography
      8. 8. Software for Bible Study
        1. The Benefits of Software
        2. The Limitations of Software
        3. The Categories of Software
        4. Free Online Applications
        5. Commercial Software Programs
    2. Part B Theological Research
      1. 9. Thesis Requirements
        1. Bachelor’s Level
        2. Master’s Level
        3. Doctoral Level
        4. Summary
      2. 10. The Research Proposal
        1. The Value of a Research Proposal
        2. The Elements of a Research Proposal
        3. The Preparation of a Research Proposal
      3. 11. The Research Problem
        1. The Process at a Glance
        2. The Research Idea
        3. The Preliminary Literature Review
        4. The Main Problem
        5. The Key Questions
        6. Fleshing out the Problem
        7. Summary
      4. 12. The Research Plan
        1. The Design
        2. The Methodology
        3. The Bibliography
      5. 13. Biblical Exegesis
        1. Presuppositions of Evangelical Exegesis
        2. Design for an External Study
        3. Writing Up an Exegetical Study
        4. Summary
      6. 14. Systematic Theology
        1. Presuppositions of Evangelical Theology
        2. Steps in Evangelical Theology
        3. Basic Design for Evangelical Theology
        4. Alternate Design for Evangelical Theology
        5. Summary
      7. 15. Practical Theology
        1. Nature of Practical Theology
        2. Steps in Practical Theology
        3. Basic Design for Practical Theology
        4. Advanced Designs for Practical Theology
        5. Alternate Designs for Practical Theology
        6. Summary
      8. 16. The Literature Review
        1. Why You Must Do a Literature Review
        2. How Your Literature Review Will Be Judged
        3. How to Obtain Sources for Your Literature Review
        4. Summary,/li>
      9. 17. Descriptive Research
        1. Understanding Descriptive Research
        2. Conducting Descriptive Research
      10. 18. Other Types of Theological Research
        1. Empirical Research (IMRAD)
        2. Book Reviews
        3. Case Studies
        4. Congregational Analysis
  3. Appendix A
    1. Common Abbreviations
  4. Appendix B
    1. Abbreviations for Journals, Periodicals, Major Reference Works, and Series
  5. Select Bibliography

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