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How to Cite Religious References: Home

Bible References

Sacred Texts

For the APA style, passages from sacred texts; such as the Bible, only need to be cited in the text of your work; there is no need for a citation in your References list at the end of your assignment.


Encyclicals - References

In Citemaker choose Internet > Website as the source type. You will then need to treat the Pope as an organisation author, enter the name of the encyclical as the website page title and add [Encyclical Letter] in square brackets. Example:

John Paul II. (1995). Evangelium vitae [Encyclical letter]. Retrieved from

Bible References

Bible : In-text citations

In-text Citation Structure : Book Chapter:Verse/s, Version

Indicate which version of the Bible you are quoting for the first reference, after that do not include the version unless you use a different version of the Bible.


"Then God said: Let us make human beings in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the tame animals, all the wild animals, and all the creatures that crawl on the earth" (Genesis 1:26, The New American Bible Revised Edition).


In Genesis 1:26 (The New American Bible Revised Edition) God said that humans were ...


Qur'an : In-text citations


"O You who believe! Enter absolutely into peace. Do not follow in the footsteps of satan. He is an outright enemy to you" (Qur'an 2:208).


According to the Qur'an 28:56, there is no compulsion to believe in Islam.

Encyclicals intext citations

Encyclicals : In-text citations

Use the Pope's name, year and the section number of the Encyclical letter in your text. See examples below:


Pope John Paul II (1995, section 67) depicts the certainty of future immortality as casting new light on the mystery of suffering and death.


"Quite different from this is the way of love and true mercy, which our common humanity calls for, and upon which faith in Christ the Redeemer, who died and rose again, sheds ever new light" (John Paul II, 1995, section 67).