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Writing and Research: A Guide for Theological Students

, 2016
ISBN: 9781783688951
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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.

Resource Experts
  • Lays out practical advice for students for term papers and theological essays
  • Essential for helping students grasp the basics of theological writing
  • Presents effective and accessible methods for research and writing
  • Part A: Academic Writing
    • Writing Assignments
    • Scholarly Writing
    • In-Text Citations
    • Footnote Citations
    • The Bibliography
    • Plagiarism
    • Formatting an Academic Paper
    • Software for Bible Study
  • Part A: Theological Research
    • Thesis Requirements
    • The Research Proposal
    • The Research Problem
    • The Research Plan
    • Biblical Exegesis
    • Systematic Theology
    • Practical Theology
    • The Literature Review
    • Descriptive Research
    • Other Types of Theological Research

Top Highlights

“Ensure the headings are descriptive of the flow of thought.” (Page 11)

“A research proposal ‘is a document that outlines how you propose to undertake your research studies.’1 Essentially, it outlines what you will research and how you will research it. The ‘what’ part is called the problem; the ‘how’ part we call the plan. A proposal describes a problem and sets out a logical, systematic plan to solve it.” (Page 97)

“Use numbering or styling to distinguish different levels of headings.” (Page 11)

“In most assignments, the introduction is a brief ‘statement at the beginning of your assignment, which shows how you understand the question and how you plan to answer it.’3 In length, it should be less than 10 per cent of the essay; this usually means somewhere between one paragraph and one page.” (Page 5)

“‘Failing to plan is planning to fail!’ When you need to write an essay, invest time planning the assignment; you will save more time later.” (Page 3)

Kevin Gary Smith is Vice-Principal at South African Theological Seminary in Johannesburg Area, South Africa.


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  1. Bert Barnes

    Bert Barnes


    A wonderful addition to the Logos offering. A very helpful resource for any person who has to write anything from a term paper to a dissertation or thesis.