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MSSN561 Library Research Guide: 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 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)