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Political Science / Public Policy Resources: Citation Guides & Generators

Need to cite and article or book?

Need a quick citation?  Both Google Scholar and SearchPlus (our library discovery system) provide quick and easy tools for citations.

Google Scholar.  Once you have located the resource, click on the cite link below the entry for MLA, APA, or Chicago sytle citations.

SearchPlus.  While using SearchPlus, scroll over the entry and note the additional information that appears in the right column, including a cite button.  If you click on the cite button, it will provide choices such as APA, MLA, Chicago/Turabian, AMA, etc.

Worldcat.  Primarily covers book and journal title records.   However, it does provide a cite/export button that allows you to generate APA, Chicago, Harvard, MLA, and Turabian citations.

Creating Citations & Bibliographies

Citing References In Your Paper (University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center)

Annotated Bibliographies (Purdue Online Writing Center)

MLA, APA, and CMS Side by Side (Purdue University)

How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography (Cornell)

Writing & Presenting

MSU Writing Center

Writing and Presenting Your Dissertation or Thesis (Joe Levine, MSU)

Writing in Political Science (University of North Carolina Writing Center)

Copyright Information

Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright (Library of Congress)

Copyright Chart (Cornell University)

Copyright Permissions Center (MSU Libraries) - FAQs

Parts of a Citation

When creating and compiling citations, make sure you know:

Parts of a citation for a book:

Parts of a citation for a journal article:
Parts of a citations for sources found on the web:

APA Style

APA Documentation (University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center)

APA Formatting and Style Guide (Purdue Online Wriitng Center)

APA Style (American Psychological Association)

APA Style Video (6:40 video)  and APA citation examples by University of Maryland University College)

MLA Style

MLA Citation Wizard

MLA Documentation (University of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center)

MLA Formatting and Style Guide (Purdue Online Writing Center)

Citing Government Information Sources (MLA) by Patrick Ragains, Business and Government Information Librarian, University of Nevada, Reno

Specialized Style Guides

American Medical Association (AMA) Manual of Style Guide : 10th ed., 2007. This is a guide to the most frequently used entries.  Available at the MSU Libraries Reference Desk.

AMA Style Guide Sample References and Citations : Biomedical Editor 

American Political Science Association (APSA) DocumentationUniversity of Wisconsin-Madison Writing Center.

American Sociological Association (ASA) Format GuidePurdue University Online Writing Lab.

How to Cite Data : Michigan State University Libraries.

Citing Government Documents. Official government documents are rich sources of information for research in many areas of political science, but figuring out how to cite them can be a real challenge. Here are a couple of helpful guides about how to cite them:

Citation Generators & Citation Management Software

BibMe : Generated APA, Chicago, MLA, or Turabian. 

DocsCite : DocsCite is a step-by-step guide to putting government publication citations into proper style format such as MLA or APA. 

KnightCite Citation Creation Tool : This site generates citations in APA, MLA, and Chicago citation styles. Courtesy of the Calvin College Heckman Library. 

Landmarks Citation Machine : Handles APA, Chicago, MLA, and Turabian citations. 

North Carolina State's Citation Builder : Generated citations for both APA and MLA.

EndNote and EndNote Web : Many people capture bibliographic information using EndNote. EndNote allows one to generate citations for APA, Chicago Manual of Style, MLA, Turabian, Science and other journal-specific bibliographic citation styles.  Note : The MSU Library offers classes on how to use EndNote.

Mendeley : A free citation management Tool.  Note : The MSU Library offers classes on how to use Mendeley.

Papers2 : A reference manager with features for managing citations and PDFs, searching for and sharing scholarly articles, and adding citations to manuscripts.

Zotero : An add-on for the Firefox browser: helps collect, manage, and cite research sources.  Note : The MSU Library offers classes on how to use Zotero.

Check the Library Events Calendar to find out when training sessions on EndNote, Mendeley, Papers2, and Zotero are being offered.

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