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Depending on which class you are taking, you may be asked to use different 'citation styles' to cite your research sources (that is, to create a bibliography of the books, articles, government documents, web pages, etc. which you have used for a paper or project). There are many different styles of citation, and each discipline tends to have its own unique style. You may be familiar with MLA (used most often in high school), APA (used most often in the social and health sciences), or Chicago Handbook of Style.

Generally speaking, the citation style used in Political Science is that of the Americal Political Science Assoction (APSA), which is based on the Chicago Manual of Style.  You can find links to guide you through that style on this page.

Use the citation style required by your professor. If your professor doesn't require a particular style (ask him or her), then either use the style you're most familiar with or use the style of a 'core' journal for the course's discipline (ask your professor about this too).

Whatever style you use, remember that RefWorks can help you cite in correct format. Click here for more information on RefWorks.

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