Silence is the virtue of fools. -Sir Francis Bacon
Question #89350 posted on 04/17/2017 2:38 p.m.
Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

What's an appropriate way to cite general conference talks and scriptures in the paper I'm writing for one of my classes?

- GXQ5850

A:

Dear GXQ,

Unless you're writing a paper for a religion class (or maaaybe a philosophy class or something), don't. Academic papers are very, very rarely improved by the addition of General Conference talks or scriptures.

-Alta

posted on 04/19/2017 8:57 a.m.
But... assuming you are writing a paper for a religion class (or maaaybe a philosophy class or something), you should cite the general conference talk as a speech (see http://www.bibme.org/citation-guide/chicago/lecture/) using "185th Semiannual General Conference, Priesthood Session" as the event name and "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" as the sponsor. You'd cite scriptures as, well, scriptures (http://hbl.gcc.libguides.com/c.php?g=339562&p=2286665). I've provided the links to Turabian/Chicago, which I have on good authority is the style guide we will all use in the Celestial Kingdom, but there are similar formatting guidelines for MLA, APA, etc. if you just Google them Go forth and cite!
posted on 04/19/2017 11:30 a.m.
I've seen them cited as articles in academic papers before so that is permissible in some setting as well.

-Sheebs
posted on 04/19/2017 5:51 p.m.
You could also cite the Ensign magazine the month following Conference as the source....