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MSSN561 Library Research Guide: Tertiary Sources

Proper Citation

Encyclopedia--with signed articles


Smith, J. I. (2005). Afterlife: An overview. In Encyclopedia of religion (Vol. 1, pp. 128-135). Detroit, MI:  Macmillian Reference USA.


Smith, Jane I. "Afterlife: An Overview." Encyclopedia of Religion. 2nd ed. Detroit, MI: Macmillian Reference USA, 2005. 1:128-135.


Tertiary sources provide general facts and bibliography about the topic.  Examples include encyclopedias, dictionaries, language tools, and textbooks.

Citations must include the authors, titles, and page numbers of the articles within the reference work.


The following resources are recommended:

Seminary Reference Collection:

  • Buddhism -- LC Call Numbers:  BQ
  • Hinduism -- LC Call Numbers:  BL1105
  • Islam -- LC Call Numbers:  BP1-300
  • New Age -- LC Call Numbers: BP601-605
  • Religions -- LC Call Numbers: BL31

Online Reference Works