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Church Documents: Citing Sources

Locating documents of the Roman Catholic Church.

Citation Styles

Check with instructor on the preferred style he or she wishes you to use and be sure to conslult the most up-to-date edition of that style manual.



Use RefWorks to keep track of resources you find in your research, and to create your bibliography when finished.

Learn more about Refworks and get the UST Refworks Group Code (login required).

BibMe Bibliography Maker

BibMe Bibligraphy Maker


Simple free online source. Also good if you can't access UST subscription to RefWorks.


Free sophisticaled, open source online citation tool, easier to use than RefWorks. Zotero works with Firefox for Windows, Mac and Linux but not Internet Explorer (IE) or Google Chrome. Also good if you can't access UST subscription to RefWorks.

See Main UST Library Citation Guides for most up-to-date formats

Ireland Library - Citing Theological Sources Guide

Other Style Manuals

Which should you use?

Ask each of your professors which style they want you to use. If they have no preference you can follow and of these style, although most of our Seminary students are asked to use either the MLA or Turabian Style Manuals.

  • APA: psychology, education, and other social sciences.

  • MLA: literature, arts, and humanities.

  • AMA: medicine, health, and biological sciences.

  • Turabian: designed for college students to use with all subjects.

  • Chicago: used with all subjects in the "real world" by books, magazines, newspapers, and other non-scholarly publications.

Print versions of these style manuals contain examples of citing more sources than these web pages do, as well as other things you may need to know, such as margins, font size, etc.

I like the "Long Island University Library Guide" as it is "COLOR CODED"

Subject Guide

Curt LeMay
Library Director / Theological Librarian
The Archbishop Ireland Memorial Library
Mail # IRL
Office - 101 Ireland Library
Library Liaison for Theology
Telephone: 651-962-5451
Fax: 651-962-5460
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