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MSSN561 Working Bibliography: Primary Sources

Proper Citation

Ancient Works


The Qur'n. (1960). Edingurgh:  T & T Clark.


The Qur'n. Translated by Richard Bell. Edinburgh:  T & T Clark, 1960.

Web Resource


The Bhagavad Gita. (1885). Retreived January 8, 2014, from


The Bhagavad Gita. Translated by Edwin Arnold. Internet Sacred Texts Archive. (accessed January 8, 2014).


For the purposes of this assignment, primary texts are works written by adherents for adherents, regardless of format.

These include:

  • the historical scriptures of world religions in English translation (example:  Qur'an)
  • periodical literature in which the journal or magazine is published by a religious organization (example:  Hinduism Today)
  • substantive websites supported by formal religious organizations (example: Dalai Lama of Tibet)

For assignment purposes, primary texts do not include:

  • books published by University presses or Christian publishers (except for translations of historical Scriptures) 
  • articles in formal academic journals
  • non-substantive websites or websites where there is no verifiable sponsoring organization

Assignment requirements:  minimum of three

Note: full points given for currency and audience, regardless of year or original publisher.