By now, you have heard there are new MLA citation guidelines called MLA 8.
This formatting is new to us all, so below you find several resources that will assist you in making sure that you properly format both your works cited and your in-text citations. If you need assistance, please see a librarian.
Create a works-cited-list entry for scriptural writings as you would for any other source: follow the MLA style template. In general, begin with the title. The title should be italicized because you are referring to a published edition. (The published title might be, for example, The New Jerusalem Bible, or simply The Bible.) If the source indicates that there is an editor or translator, list this information as an “other” contributor (see pp. 37–38 of the MLA Handbook for a definition of this element). Then provide the publisher and the date of publication.
Bible accessed from website
The Bible. New International Version, Biblica, 2011. BibleGateway, Biblica, www.biblegateway.com. Accessed 1 Nov. 2016.
UPDATE: Because you may be referencing more than one verse from this site, use the URL of the home page as your location.
Bible accessed in print
The Holy Bible. New Revised Standard Version, Thomas Nelson, 1989.
Bibles that contain other information such as commentary, maps, study aids, etc...
Anslem Academic Study Bible. New American Bible Revised. General editor, Carolyn Osiek, Anselm Academic, 2013.
In the body of your text, general references to scriptural works like the Bible, Talmud, and Koran should not be italicized unless you refer to a specific published edition.
The first part of the Christian Bible is known as the Old Testament.
The 1985 New Jerusalem Bible contains maps and a theological glossary.
In your first parenthetical citation, you want to make clear which Bible you're using (and underline or italicize the title), as each version varies in its translation, followed by book (do not italicize or underline), chapter and verse. For example:
Ezekiel saw "what seemed to be four living creatures," each with faces of a man, a lion, an ox, and an eagle (New Jerusalem Bible, Ezek. 1.5-10).
If future references employ the same edition of the Bible you’re using, list only the book, chapter, and verse in the parenthetical citation.
See documents below for how to abbreviate chapters of the Bible.
Because web addresses are not static (i.e., they change often) and because documents sometimes appear in multiple places on the web, include a URL or web address to help readers locate your sources.
When including the URL, eliminate the http//.
When including a URL for a database, look for and use the 'Permalink" which is a shortened URL.
Many scholarly journal articles found in databases include a DOI (digital object identifier). If a DOI is available, cite the DOI number instead of the URL.
Online newspapers and magazines sometimes include a “Permalink,” Look for a “share” or “cite this” button to see if a source has one. If you can find a Permalink, use that instead of a URL.
Here are some reminders about MLA 8
If you are using EasyBib to help create your citations, REMEMBER TO SELECT MLA 8, as your citation format. Check ALL citations created by EasyBib by comparing them to the MLA 8 template available on this LibGuide or with Purdue Owl.
Use this template to help you format your citations.
Author: Name of the person who created the work.
Title of Source: Title of the work (titles of short works are set off with “ ” / titles of long works are italicized).
Title of Container: Title of the larger whole which holds the work—could be a book, a periodical, a website, a database, etc. (generally italicized).
Other Contributors: Name of the person who helped create the version of the work you are using, such as an adapter, an editor, a translator, etc.
Version: Description of a particular edition (e.g. revised edition or 3 rd edition) or version of the work (e.g. Authorized King James Version).
Number: Numbering system for works published in parts or series (e.g. volume, issue, number). Publisher: Name of the company or organization that published, produced, or posted the work.
Publication Date: Date the work was published, produced, or posted.
Location: Specific location of a work inside a container (e.g. page numbers, URL, etc.).
From MLA Guide created by S.M. Foran at Capital Christian School
At this point you can begin to create your citations.
Refer to the MLA citation guides for proper formatting:
Articles from Online Databases
Articles from Web Sites
Once you have your list you need to alphabetize the sources. Here's the trick: