Writing a Research Paper

Citing Sources: Print and Electronic Resources

A style guide is a manual that describes in detail how to cite various sources for academic research and writing. Several standard versions in print and online include:

NOTE: the print edition is the authoritative version.

Blblical studies frequently use either the MLA or SBL styles

  • MLA Formatting and Style Guide Purdue Online Writing Lab, Purdue University
    • Print copy in the Allison Library: LB2369 .G53 2009
  • SBL Citation Style (Candler School of Theology, Pitts Theology Library)
    • An online tool to help you create SBL formatted citations
      • Print copy of SBL Handbook of Style in the Allison Library: PN147 .S26 1999

    Saving and Organizing Citations

    Two common electronic tools used managing citations and creating footnotes and bibliographies are: Zotero and RefWorks.


    A free, easy-to-use Firefox extension that helps you collect, manage and cite your research sources. Visit their homepage.


    A web-based tool that allows you to save information about the articles, books, and websites you will be referencing in your papers. This program is offered for free through the UBC Library to those with an up-to-date UBC card. The first time you use RefWorks you will need to create an individual account.