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Putting Faith to Work (IN/PE709): Citing Information

This topic provides instruction in preparing an Annotated Bibliography.

Using and Citing Information

The work you produce at college will usually involve the important ideas, writings and discoveries of different theologians, historians or people in mininstry. These contributions must be acknowledged by referencing (citations). Quoting, paraphrasing and summarising allow you to demonstrate your understanding and interpretation of a text, and are powerful tools for reshaping information to suit the many writing tasks that will be required of you.


  • does not match the source word for word
  • involves putting a passage from a source into your own words
  • changes the words or phrasing of a passage, but retains and fully communicates the original meaning
  • must be attributed to the original source


  • does not match the source word for word
  • involves putting the main idea(s) into your own wpords, but including only the main point(s)
  • presents a broad overview, so is usually much shorter than the original text
  • must be attributed to the original source


  • match the source word for word
  • are usually a brief segment of the text
  • appear between quotation marks ( " " )
  • must be attributed to the original source

Source: UNSW Australia. "Paraphrasing, Summarising and Quoting. Last modified: January 15, 2015.


The two links below take you to Morling LibGuides which guide you in using APA and Chicago referencing.

What is Referencing?

This short video provides a good overview on the importance of referencing.

Citation Styles

This short video explains different citation styles. Remember, students in Education and Counselling subjects MUST use the APA styles. Students in Bible & Theology subjects MUST use Chicago-17 style.

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