Citing Sources: Religious Studies

When information is quoted, paraphrased, or summarized, the source of that information must be documented. Otherwise, you are guilty of plagiarism. To help you in avoiding plagiarism, see this tutorial and quiz.

Various standards have been created for citing sources, including APA (American Psychological Association), MLA (Modern Language Association), and Chicago formats. Please note that standards for citing electronic information are still evolving, and many print and electronic style guides may appear to be inconsistent in their instructions.

Your professor may have specified which format you should follow; if not, choose one style to follow, and use that style consistently throughout your paper.

MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (6th edition)
Robertson Library - Information Desk

MLA Citation Style (Cornell University Library)
http://www.library.cornell.edu/resrch/citmanage/mla

MLA Formatting & Style Guide (The Owl at Perdue)
http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/

Son of Citation Machine - to help format citations
http://www.library.cornell.edu/resrch/citmanage/mla

Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)
REF: Z253.C54 2010 (also copy at Information Desk)

Chicago/Turabian Documentation (University of Chicago-Madison Writing Center)
http://www.wisc.edu/writing/Handbook/DocChicago.html

Citing Sources in History: A Brief Guide for Undergraduates at the University of Prince Edward Island Rev. ed.
Guide and examples within, are based on the Chicago and Turabian styles. This guide is also available online.
Robertson Library - Information Desk

Note:  is a web-based citation management tool you can use to create and format bibliographies. Also formats citations in Word documents.

Created by: Sharon Clark , B.A., M.L.I.S.
Date Created:July 2001
Revised by: Suzanne Jones, B.A., M.L.S.
Date Revised: 31-Jan.-2014