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A basic guide to theological research.
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About Citing Sources

  This Guide is to help you when you cite the sources used in your research. It is important to give credit to those whose ideas you are using and to distinguish those ideas from your own. Using citations strengthens your arguments by demonstrating your research and allows your reader to verify your claims.

Some general suggestions:
  • Direct quotes must always be placed in quotation marks.
  • Always follow the assigned/preferred citation style for your project in order to determine the exact placement of author, title, publisher, etc.
  • Remember, failure to cite, or to cite properly, may have a negative impact on your grade. Use the tabs to discover two tools that can assist you in your citation content and style.
  • Consider using a citation management tool, such as EndNote or Zotero, to assist you as you write papers. If you are confused about which citation manager might be right for you, check out this comparison guide, or review the information on the adjacent tabs. Keep in mind, there are Research Guides to both tools for more in-depth explanation!
Zotero is a citation management tool that is free to all users. Zotero allows you to collect, store, and then cite content through your web browser.

Use Zotero to:
    • store citations to books, articles, essays, and websites that easily shared with anyone, including a faculty member
    • store links to research documents on your personal workstations
    • write and organize research notes on these resources
    • categorize resources for inclusion in the writing process
    • create citations and bibliographies for your research paper
The library has a Zotero Research Guide, and offers Zotero training at the Wednesday Workshop sessions if you would like to know more information!
Endnote is another citation software tool. It is free to download for Emory affiliates, and it offers the following features:
  • runs on Macintosh and Windows computers
  • helps researchers organize references in a database
  • can be used to format citations and create bibliographies automatically in a word processor
  • can be used by databases to export citations directly your EndNote library
  • can itself be used to search EUCLID, WorldCat, the ATLA Religion database, and other sources for books and articles
For more complete directions, please see the EndNote Research Guide. The library also offers EndNote training as part of the Wednesday Workshop series!

Citation FAQs

Options Beyond Endnote & Zotero

Options beyond Endnote and Zotero:

Mac users will want to consider BookEnds and Sente, while Windows users can choose Biblioscape; there are a number of online options as well.


Style Manuals

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The Chicago Manual of Style - University of Chicago Staff (Editor)
Call Number: PITTS READY REFERENCE Z253 .U69 2010
Gold standard for humanities publishing, and probably the style most often used in the field of religion. Also available online.

Chicago Manual of Style Online
Consult the fully online Chicago Manual of Style, 16th ed.

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The SBL Handbook of Style - Billie Jean Collins; Society of Biblical Literature Staff (Contribution by)
Call Number: READY REFERENCE PN147 .S26 2014
Style used in the Journal of Biblical Literature, and often in biblical studies.

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A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, Eighth Edition - Kate L. Turabian; Wayne C. Booth (Revised by); Gregory G. Colomb (Revised by); University of Chicago Press Staff (Revised by); Joseph M. Williams (Revised by)
Call Number: READY REFERENCE LB2369 .T8 2013
Publication Date: 2013-03-28
--Chicago style, aimed specifically at student papers. If you buy only one style manual, this is it.
-- Older editions are in the circulating collection if you wish to check out a copy

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MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing - Modern Language Association of America Staff (Created by)
Call Number: THEOLOGY REFERENCE PN147 .G444 2008
The other style guide widely used in the humanities.

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Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association - American Psychological Association Staff (Contribution by)
Call Number: THEOLOGY STACKS BF76.7 .P83 2001
Publication Date: 2001-06-01
Widely used in the social sciences, religion scholars may sometimes come across it.

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