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Political Science: Cite it!

This subject guide was created to showcase library resources for Political Science research.

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Plagiarism & CSUF Student Conduct


Plagiarism is the unacknowledged and inappropriate use of the ideas or wording of another writer. Since plagiarism corrupts values in which the university community is fundamentally committed – the pursuit of knowledge, intellectual honesty – plagiarism is considered a grave violation of academic integrity and the sanctions against it are correspondingly severe. Plagiarism can be characterized as "academic theft."

Bottom line is: If you use someone else's idea, give them credit.

See the following resources for information on CSUF's policies regarding student conduct and plagiarism:

From Purdue OWL: Avoiding Plagiarism


APA Citation

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. (2010) is the authority used by writers in the social sciences and some natural sciences.
Cover of the 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual

Unofficial: CSUF APA Citation Style (PDF) provides a two-page overview of some of the most common citation needs for both the in-text parenthetical documentation and the reference list

Official: APA Frequently Asked Questions and APA Style Help provide a few official examples and additional support from the APA.  For the most comprehensive coverage of APA style, including citation rules, please remember to consult the print APA publication manual.  Copies are kept at the Reference Desk for in-library use.

Also Available Online: OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue University(go to website). Purdue University's OWL is an excellent resource to use to look up any citation style, including APA.

Additional Resources

Helpful Resources:

CSUF APA Style Guide: (Sixth Edition) Downloadable two-page overview of common citation needs.

Purdue OWL: Easy-to-use citation resource. Provides rules and examples.

Official FAQs of APA: Helps clarify confusing questions on a  variety of topics.

APA Official Website: Website of the American Psychological Association style manual.

In-Text Citations:

Purdue OWL APA In-Text Basics: Covers basics of in-text citation rules and more.

Reference List/Bibliography:

Purdue OWL APA Reference List Basics: Covers basics of reference list rules and more.

Additional Citation Examples:

Northern Michigan University APA Reference Style Guide: Contains a lot of useful examples.

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Plagiarism: How To Avoid It