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POLI 371 Chinese Politics

Citation help

What is a citation?

A citation, or reference, is the quoting, paraphrasing, or summarizing of someone else's work, used as a basis for your own ideas and research.

A citation also refers to the information about a source, such as title, author, date, etc., which gives credit to the original author and shows readers where to find the original work. There are two parts to a citation: the in-text citation, which goes next to the quoted material, and the reference list citation, found at the end of a paper or report. This list may also called a bibliography.

 GO TO CITATION HELP FROM UVIC LIBRARIES  to find out how to properly format citations by APA, MLA, or Chicago styles.

How can you keep your citations organized? REFWORKS

Citation Styles

There are a number of  citation styles and the Library holds print copies and quick guides at the Research Help desk.  

For POLI 371 use either APA 6th or Chicago 16th Author-Date

Each of these styles requires a reference list of sources.  Refworks can help with formatting your reference list.

Each of these styles requires the use of in-text citations for work quoted, paraphrased or summarized.  An in-text citation MUST include:that include three elements:

  1. author surname
  2. year of publication
  3. page number(s) ,

In-text examples:

APA:  (Smith, 2000, p.987)

Chicago:  (Smith 2000, 987)

Reference list examples:  consult the quick guides at the links below for book, journal, newspaper, government documents, websites, and more.   Note that ebooks and ejournals require additional information such as a DOI,or a URL, and for Chicago, an access date. Note: Your professor may not require access dates , urls, or doi's.    

APA Ejournal example:

Kossinets, G. & Watts, D.J.  (2009). Origins of Homophily in an Evolving Social Network. American Journal of Sociology 115(2), 405–50. doi:10.1086/599247.

Chicago Ejournal example:

Kossinets, Gueorgi, and Duncan J. Watts. 2009. “Origins of Homophily in an Evolving Social Network.” American Journal of Sociology 115:405–50. Accessed February 28, 2010. doi:10.1086/599247.
APA book example

Pollan, M. (2006). The Omnivore’s dilemma: A natural history of four meals. New York: Penguin.

Chicago book example

Pollan, Michael. 2006. The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. New York: Penguin.

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