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MSSN561 Library Research Guide: Primary Sources

Proper Citation

Ancient Works

APA

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

Turabian

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

Web Resource

APA

The Bhagavad Gita. (1885). Retreived January 8, 2014, from http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/gita/index.htm.

Turabian

The Bhagavad Gita. Translated by Edwin Arnold. Internet Sacred Texts Archive. http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/gita/index.htm (accessed January 8, 2014).

Definition

For the purposes of this class, 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)