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PSC 249 - Intermediate Writing in Political Science

About This Page

In PSC 249 you will be using the American Political Science Association (APSA) style. The APSA style is based on the Chicago Manual, 15th edition. This page provides links to style guides for APSA and Chicago, information on avoiding plagarism, and RefWorks, which allows you to create a personalized bibliographic database.


RefWorks is a web-based bibliography and database manager that allows you to create your own personal database by importing references from text files or online databases. You can use these references in writing your papers and automatically format the paper and the bibliography when you are ready.

You must create a personal account from a computer on the UMass Dartmouth campus network or login via the Library's proxy server if you are off-campus, but after that, the program can be used from any Internet connected computer.

Citation Basics

We have a copy of the Chicago manual in the library. Contact us or the Writing/Reading Center (x8710)  for assistance on tricky citations!


Style Manual for Political Science - Revised in 2006, this manual is based on the Chicago Manual, 15th edition. 


OWL at Purdue (Chicago) - Find help with Chicago style questions here.

Research and Documentation Online - This site provides nice examples of citing in Chicago format. It's based on information in the 5th edition of "Research and Documentation in the Electronic Age" by Diana Hacker and Barbara Fister. 

Citing Sources

Take the following online tutorial to learn more about when and why you cite sources.

Citing Sources: Why &  When

Tutorial: Citing Sources

Self Assessment: Citing Sources

Plagiarism FAQs

UMD Academic Regulations and Procedures - Read this passage from your student handbook!

Avoiding Plagiarism - OWL Guide from Purdue - This emphasizes when to give credit to sources and offers safe practices to follow.