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Political Science: Citation Help

APSA Documentation Formats

The following examples of the most commons types of citations are taken directly from the APSA Style Manual for Political Science.

Book,
Single Author

Kessel, John H. 1968. The Goldwater Coalition: Republican Strategies in 1964. Indianapolis:
     Bobbs-Merrill.

Book,
Multiple Authors

Sorauf, Frank J., and Paul Allen Beck. 1988. Party Politics in America. 6th ed. Glenview, IL:
      Scott, Foresman.

Edited Collection

Ball, Terence, James Farr, and Russell L. Hanson, eds. 1988. Political Innovation and
      Conceptual Change
. New York: Cambridge University Press.

Chapter, Single Author Book

Crotty, William J. 1968. “The Party Organization and Its Activists.” In Approaches to the Study of
     Party Organization
, ed. William J. Crotty. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 203–221.

Chapter, Multiauthor Book

Hermann, Margaret G. 1984. “Personality and Foreign Policy Decision Making: A Study of Fifty-
     Three Heads 
of Government.” In Foreign Policy Decision Making, eds. Donald A. Sylvan and
     Steve Chan. New York: Praeger, 
133–152.

Multivolume Work

Foucault, Michel. 1980. The History of Sexuality. 2 vols. Trans. Robert Hurley. New York:  
     Vintage Books. Foucault, Michel. 1980. The Use of Pleasure. Vol. 2 of The History of  
     Sexuality
. Trans. Robert Hurley. New York: Vintage Books.

Journal Article

Aldrich, John H. 1980. “A Dynamic Model of Presidential Nomination Campaigns.” American 
     Political Science Review
74 (September): 651–69.

Electronic Journal

Browning, Tonya. 1997. “Embedded Visuals: Student Design in Web Spaces.” Kairos: A Journal 
     for Teachers of Writing in Webbed Environment
3 (1). http://english.ttu.edu/-kairos/2.1/ 
     features/browning/index.html (Accessed October 21, 1997).

Forthcoming Work

Jacoby, William G. N.d. “Ideology and Popular Culture.” American Political Science Review.
     Forthcoming.

Thesis or Disssertation

Munger, Frank J. 1955. “Two-Party Politics in the State of Indiana.” Ph.D. diss. [or Master’s 
     thesis.] Harvard University.

Presented Paper

Mefford, Dwain, and Brian Ripley. 1987. “The Cognitive Foundation of Regime Theory.” 
      Presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, Chicago.

Website

King, Gary, Michael Tomz, and Jason Wittenberg. 1998. “Making the Most of Statistical Analyses:
     Improving Interpretation and Presentation.” September 7. http://gking.harvard.edu/ 
     preprints.shtml (October 22, 1998).

APSA Citation Style

The discipline of Political Science follows the American Political Science Association Style Manual.  

APSA style is based on the 15th edition of Chicago (2003), but a newer 16th edition was published in 2010. 

Managing Citations with RefWorks

Use RefWorks to manage citations from journals, books, documents, and internet sites.

First time users will need to create an account which will permit a user to store citations indefinitely for repeated use.  The UWF group code is RWUWestFlor.

Use the RefWorks tutorial to learn more about this useful database, or watch this brief video.