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PSC 207: Citing Sources


Give credit where credit is due

Citing sources can be a confusing and difficult process, so this page provides helpful tips and resources for you to keep track of your citations. 


The research you cite in your college papers and projects will appear in two places:

  • in-text: as you use information throughout your manuscript, you must alert your reader to ideas and facts that originate somewhere else.
    • You must give credit where credit is due, and point your reader to find that original source if desired.
    • To do this, you'll be providing the author's name and publication date (for paraphrasing or summarizing) and page numbers (for direct quotes). 
    • Review the information on the next page to see all the ways to provide in-text citations. 
  • references list: because your in-text citations will point your reader to find the original source, your References List will provide them with all of the information to find these sources. 
    • This is more in-depth information than the in-text citation, and includes information about things like volume and issues, DOIs or URLs, edition or series details, publishers, and much more. 
    • Review the information on pages 41- 55 of the APSA Style Manual for detailed information about your References List.

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