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Research Skills: Start


The author-date method is the College's preferred method for in-text referencing. 
The College's Citemaker referencing tool automatically generates an in-text author-date reference making this a very easy way for you to show in the text the source of your ideas or information. 




How do I reference the Bible? 

There's need to reference the Bible using the author-date in the text or to list the source on your Bibliography.  

However you should state in the text:
1. the book, chapter and verse

2. the version of the Bible you're using.

Your first reference to the Bible should state which version of the Bible you have used, as shown in these examples: 

  • The Bible clearly identifies the virtues as “... faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love” (1 Cor. 13:1 New International Version).
  • In 1 Cor. 13:1 (New International Version), the Bible states that of the three virtues of love, faith, and hope, love is the greatest.

For subsequent references, there's no need to refer to the version you are using as shown in these examples:

  • We are encouraged in the Bible to not be anxious about anything but to bring everything before God in prayer (Phil 4:6-7).
  • The Bibles states in Phil 4:6-7 to “not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”


APA 7th Author Date in-text referencing

This video providing a comprehensive guide to APA referencing was produced by University of Sydney. 
USyd's referencing guide is also helpful.