Citing Your Sources

Professors require that you use a particular citation style when submitting papers. There are several style manuals available in BU Libraries. These include:

  • Chicago Manual of Style. (Theo Ref Z253 .U69 2003) Also available online.
  • The SBL handbook of style : for ancient Near Eastern, Biblical, and early Christian studies. (Theo Ref PN147 .S26 1999)
  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). ( Theo Ref BF 76.7 .P83 2001)
  • Style Guide / American Sociological Association (ASA). (Mugar HM73 .A54 2007)

Plagiarism Workshop

The library offers a Plagiarism Workshop twice each semester; a video and slides are available online. If you are having difficulty deciding when or how to cite sources, please contact your professor or the Reference staff at the School of Theology Library.

Citation Managers

Citation managers help you organize the citations you use in your research. Most citation managers have browser add-ons to collect bibliographic data out of library catalogs and databases, in addition to serving as a citation database organizing that information for you. Most also have add-ons for Microsoft Word or other popular word processing software like OpenOffice. Some will even let give you cloud storage space to store documents attached to each citation, like a Word document with notes or even the PDF.