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PO201: Political Science Research & Analysis: Citing Sources

Political Science research methods course

  Citing Your Sources

By citing your sources, you:

  • allow your readers the opportunity to check your sources (giving your work more credibility)
  • give credit to the authors of your sources (avoiding plagiarism)


See the Citation Guide for help with citing your sources


If you have not already looked at the Understanding Plagiarism Tutorial, please give it a try.  You may be surprised at what you learn!

  Saving Your Citations

You may want to try using Zotero, an open source citation manager which works with the Firefox web browser, to organize your citations.  The Zotero site includes instructions, but please let me know if you have questions.

Another option is to use RefWorks to organize your citations. If you have questions about RefWorks, ask me or see the tutorials. See the RefWorks document shown below for tips on using RefWorks from off-campus.

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