When working on a significant project, like a JP or senior thesis, you should consider using a bibliographic reference manager.
Citation managers allow you to:
The Politics Department does not require you to use any particular style for citations in your papers, but your professor may have a preference.
The three most widely used styles in Politics papers are:
Always ask your professors which style they prefer.
In addition, some professors require that you use Blue Book format for any legal citations you make.
See our Citing Sources page for examples and more information.
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: