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The Bible, Qur'an, Torah

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Reference print version used as per print or online book, e.g.

Author Last name, First name. Year of publication. Title of Book. Location of publication: Publisher.

Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. 2007. Catholic ed. San Francisco: Harper Collins.


(John 14:17, NRSV).

(Qur'an 16:128).


  • In ACU School of Theology, use the shortened name of biblical books. See the table at Abbreviations for Biblical Books.
  • Version information is not required after the first reference, unless using a different version.
  • Page numbers are not required as the chapter and verse is sufficient information.

Vatican and Papal documents

Reference list

Published as a print book or book chapter

Author. Year of publication. Title of Book. Location of publication: Publisher.

Author. Year of Publication. "Title of Chapter." In Title of Book, edited by Editor First Name, Surname, page numbers. Place of publication: Publisher.

Vatican II Council. 1975. "Dei Verbum, Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation." In Vatican Council II: The Conciliar and Post Conciliar Documents, edited by. A. Flannery, 750-765. Wilmington, Del.: Scholarly Resources.

Found online

Author. Year of publication. "Title of Document." Description. http://xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.

Vatican II Council. 1965. "Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation: Dei Verbum." Solemnly Promulgated by His Holiness Pope Paul VI on November 18, 1965.


DV, 25.


  • Author will be Vatican Council or Pope name (excluding the title "Pope"), e.g. Vatican II Council, John Paul II, Francis
  • Latin words within titles can be formatted in italics.

Abbreviations for Vatican II documents

AA Apostolicam actuoisitatem (Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity)
AGD Ad gentes divinitus (Decree on the Church's Missionary Activity)
CD Christus Dominus (Decree on the Pastoral Office of Bishops in the Church)
DH Dignitatis humanae (Declaration on Religious Liberty)
DV Dei verbum (Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation)
GE Gravissimum educationis (Decree on Christian Education)
GS Gaudium et spes (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World)
IM Inter mirifica (Decree on the Means of Social Communication)
LG Lumen gentium (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church)
NA Nostra aetate (Declaration on the Church's Relations with non-Christian Religions)
OE Orientalium ecclesiarum (Decree on the Catholic Oriental Churches)
OT Optatam totius (Decree on the Training of Priests)
PC Perfectae caritatis (Decree on the Up-to-date Renewal of Religious Life)
PO Presbyterorum ordinis (Decree on the Ministry and Life of Priests)
SC Sacrosanctum concilium (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy)
UR Unitatis redintegratio (Decree on Ecumenism)