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Public Administration: Cite it!

Resources for graduate research on government management & decision-making

Try RefWorks!


RefWorks is a bibliography manager that allows you to create your own personal database of citations by importing references from text files or online databases.

You can use these references in writing your papers & automatically format the paper & the bibliography in seconds.

Contact Bobby Hollandsworth, RefWorks Coordinator (; (864) 656-3118)

Standard Citation Formats

The most widely accepted guidelines for writing in the social sciences are contained in the American Psychological Association's manual.

A Brief Guide to Using APA Style

Frequently Asked Questions About APA Style

The American Political Science Association (APSA) has also published a brief style manual, available from their website.

Style Manual for Political Science (PDF)

It relies on the Chicago Manual of Style in matters of editorial style.

Automatic Citations

Many databases provide citations for the articles they list.  You must click first on the article title in the results list, then on Cite to to see examples you can copy & paste into your bibliography.  In JSTOR, click View Citation.

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    Style Manuals in Print

    Come to the Library Services Desk in Cooper Library's lobby for these printed manuals.