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Political Science

Use this guide as a starting place when searching for resources on Political Science and related topics.

Why Cite?

Citing your sources may seem tedious, but it's important to cite because:

  • Citations allow others to find the sources you used in your research.
  • They help establish the credibility of your research.
  • They acknowledge the work of others who have made your own research possible.
  • And last but certainly not least, they help you avoid plagiarizing!

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Citation Styles

APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. These resources refer to the 7th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association:

MLA (Modern Language Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the arts and humanities. These resources refer to the 8th edition of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers:

Chicago style is used in books, magazines, newspapers, and other non-scholarly publications. The Chicago Manual of Style focuses on providing guidelines for publishing in general, and Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations focuses specifically on providing guidelines for student writers.

Style Manuals