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Political Studies: Writing & Citing

Why Cite Your Sources

Research Logs

Keep track of the places you have looked for information by creating a research log.

A research log will help you track where you searched, the keywords used, relevant results, etc.

To download sample research logs, checkout Capella University's Database Research Log and Scholarly Research Log.


Another useful tool for organizing your research is to use a Timeline.

Timelines are helpful for capturing important events / information in a chronological format.

Citation Styles

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Different academic disciplines follow different formats for presenting citations, so check with your instructor to make sure you are using the appropriate citation style.  Here are some commonly-used citation styles: 

Chicago Manual of Style (CMOS):

Chicago Manual of Style Online (e-book, 17th edition)

Chicago Manual of Style Online: Quick Guide

Chicago Manual of Style (2017 Print 17th edition)


Other Citation Styles:

Canadian Journal of Political Science: Editorial Style Guidelines

Turabian style (A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers (print)

APA Style

MLA Style

How to Cite Government Publications (from McMaster Univ)
Citing Canadian Government Documents - Chicago Style (from Simon Fraser University) This guide covers the Notes/Bibliography style & follows the previous edition of the Chicago Manual of Style

The Complete Guide to Citing Government Information Resources: A Manual for Social Science & Business Research (2002 print)

Legal Citation (from Queen's Univ)

How to Cite Statistics Canada Products


Managing References