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Political Science Research: Citing Your Sources

This guide focuses on resources that you can use when seeking information on topics relating to public policy, United States political affairs and to international affairs.

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Citing Your Sources

You will be using either APA (American Psychological Association) or Chicago/Turabian style when citing the sources that you use in your research papers.. The APA Publication Manual, the Chicago Manual of Style and Turabian's Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations are all available at the Dana Library Reference Desk. The Writing Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison also has an excellent introduction to APA Documentation and to Chicago/Turabian Documentation.

The APA Style Guide to Electronic References is also available online from the Rutgers University Libraries; the Library of Congress has a guide on How to Cite Electronic Sources that show Turabian-style examples.

You can also import references from the Catalog and many of the electronic databases into RefWorks, a web-based bibliography and database manager. RefWorks will build your bibliography for you based on whatever style sheet you specify (MLA, Chicago, etc.). For information on setting up your (free) RefWorks account see the RefWorks FAQ.