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Religion Research Guide


Introduction to Citing Your Resources

What is a citation?

  • A citation is the basic information required to identify and locate a specific publication (e.g. book, book chapter, article, website, video, etc).
  • Different academic disciplines have specific guidelines for organizing material and citing sources. These rules are published as style manuals.

Why do we cite our sources?

  • Citations let your professor or anyone else who reads your work, find the items you used in your research. The key to a successful citation is providing all the information needed for your reader to find the book, article, or other item you are citing.
  • Citing builds your credibility and shows that your ideas are shared by other experts in the field. Citing scholarly, peer-reviewed sources lends extra credibility to your work.
  • Citation avoids plagiarism! Citing your sources properly gives credit to the original author. 

Sources Created by TCC Librarians for MLA 8th Edition

MLA 8th Edition Help


AMA is used by some disciplines in health professions and has been designed specifically for use in medical fields.

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AMA Manual of Style
Call Number: R119 .A533 2007





Legal Citations
The Bluebook is used to create citations for legal documents.

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The Bluebook (20th Edition)
Call Number: Reference KF245 .B58 2015






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The Chicago Manual of Style (University of Chicago Press)





CSE(Council of Science) Format

Developed by the Council of Science Editors (CSE), CSE format is used for scientific publishing. The latest update is the 8th edition, published in 2014.



GSA(Geological Society of America) Format)

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A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations (8th edition)
Call Number: LB2369 .T8 2013





Additional Web Resources


Formatting Websites


Below are some options to help you generate a citation. Remember to check citations as no generators are error-free.



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