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Political Science

An online research guide with selected library resources and tips designed for students taking Political Science at LaGrange College.

Citation Manuals

Use the call number below each book to find these style manuals in your library's reference collection OR click on the book or book title for an online style guide for each book!

Choosing a Style

There is no one standard citation style used at LaGrange College, so be sure to:

  • Ask your professor which style s/he prefers for the course.
  • Use a standard style, such as MLA, APA, or CMS and be consistent with it throughout your paper. 
  • Consult a style guide for examples of using various citation styles or bibliographies OR use a citation site to assist you in using correct citation style and building bibliographies. 
  • Ask for citation and paper-writing assistance at the Writing and Tutoring Center located in the Moshell Learning Center (24-hour study). Handouts for basic MLA and other styles are available.

Style Guides to Consult

Academic organizations and some disciplines outline their own styles of how to cite sources and format research papers.  You may have heard of or used some of the styles before. Consult these print and online style guides for examples of citing sources in the text of your paper and in a bibliography or reference list. 

MLA: Modern Language Association [Humanities]

 APA: American Psychological Association [Social Sciences]

 CMS: Chicago Manual of Style [various subjects]

Various styles - the following resources provide examples of citing sources in several styles

More Style Manuals

Need to consult a different style manual? Check out our complete Citation Guide to learn more about APA, MLA, CMS, and more!

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