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Political Science at Adelphi

Help for Writing in Political Science

When you have completed your research and you are ready to begin writing, you can consult these sources for ideas and guidance.

Political Science Writing

In addition to the sources listed above, this book can assist you with your writing assignments.

Citing Sources

A key element in scholarly writing is citing your sources, both within the narrative and at the end in a reference list. If you have any questions regarding citations, click on this video.

Why Should I Cite?

Citing informs your readers, including your professors, of the sources for your information, ideas, and thoughts. At the same time, it credits the author for the original information. Citing respected sources confirms that you have thoroughly researched your topic, and it also strengthens your arguments.

Equally important, failing to cite properly can result in plagiarism - using another person's work or ideas without crediting the person. Plagiarism is a serious violation of academic and professional ethics, as the box in the right-hand column explains.