How do I cite the Blue Letter Bible?
The following is a general process for citing online sources. If citing MLA, APA, or Chicago is necessary, one should consult the respective handbook. You can also consult our Citation Explanation page.

The example used is the article on Galatia written by Sir William Mitchell Ramsay in the International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia.

Step One:
Cite the author's or authors' name(s) in the following manner
  • If one author: LastName, FirstName.
  • If two authors: LastName1, FirstName1, and FirstName2 Lastname2.
  • If three authors: LastName1, FirstName1, FirstName2 LastName2, and FirstName3 Lastname3.
  • If more than three authors: LastName1, FirstName1, et al.
  • If author is anonymous leave the section blank.
  • If the author is the Blue Letter Bible: Blue Letter Bible.


Ramsay, William M.

Step Two:
If the page being cited is an article or an entry from a larger work, put the article/entry title in quote marks. The article/entry should also be followed by a comma (as illustrated).

Ramsay, William M. "Galatia,"


Step Three:
Cite the title of the work in italics followed by a period. This includes the titles of books, lexica, commentaries, encyclopedias and dictionaries (as illustrated).

Ramsay, William M. "Galatia," International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia.


Step Four:
If the work is an edited volume, such as an encyclopedia, cite the name of the editor (as illustrated).

Ramsay, William M. "Galatia," International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia. Edited by James Orr.


Step Five:
Cite the online distributor. On our website, the distributor is always the Blue Letter Bible.

Ramsay, William M. "Galatia," International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia. Edited by James Orr. Blue Letter Bible.


Step Six:
Cite, if applicable, the original publication year of the work. This applies to many of the works on the Blue Letter Bible because they were originally books that we have put into electronic format; however, this does not apply to a some of our content because it was published for our website in its original format.

Ramsay, William M. "Galatia," International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia. Edited by James Orr. Blue Letter Bible. 1913.


Step Seven:
Cite, if applicable, the online publication date or the date of latest revision: Day Month Year. In many cases this date may be unobtainable. In other cases only the year is given.

Ramsay, William M. "Galatia," International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia. Edited by James Orr. Blue Letter Bible. 1913. 5 May 2003.


Step Eight:
Cite the date that the work was accessed: Day Month Year.

Ramsay, William M. "Galatia," International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia. Edited by James Orr. Blue Letter Bible. 1913. 5 May 2003. .


Step Nine:
Cite the URL enclosed in angle brackets: <URL>. If the URL does not fit on the same line as the previous information, it is acceptable to insert a carriage return before the URL citation.

Ramsay, William M. "Galatia," International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia. Edited by James Orr. Blue Letter Bible. 1913. 5 May 2003. .
<http://cf.blueletterbible.org/isbe/isbe.cfm?id=3638>


Final Product:

Ramsay, William M. "Galatia," International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia. Edited by James Orr. Blue Letter Bible. 1913. 5 May 2003. .
<http://cf.blueletterbible.org/isbe/isbe.cfm?id=3638>


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