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Political Science

This guide presents Political Science sources available through the Salem State University Library. Use it to help you in your research.


If you're having trouble keeping track of your research sources and citing them all correctly, consider using RefWorks.  RefWorks is a citation management tool that can save you a lot of time and stress.  It can even create a Works Cited page for your project.  Sign-up for an account - it's free and you can keep using it even after you graduate.  


Why Cite Sources

  • To acknowledge where you found your ideas

  • Lend credibility to your ideas

  • Allow others to verify your facts

  • Provide your readers with a link to additional sources on the topic

When should you cite sources?


  • Quoting  - using another's exact words.  Put them in quotation marks

  • Paraphrasing - re-stating another's ideas in your own words

  • Summarizing - summing up a lengthly passage in one or two sentences of your own

All sources used, whether quoted, prarphrased , or summarized must be citing using the appropriate citation method.

Strategies for avoiding plagiarism

  • Start research early, so you are not rushed at the end
  • Take good notes
  • Keep track of your sources/citations to works consulted
  • Know what you need to cite, what you don't, and how to do it
  • Use the appropriate style manual
  • Ask for help!

              At the Writing Center

              At the Library

              From your Professor


Test Your Knowldege About Plagiarism And Learn How to Avoid It

SSU Academic Integrity Regulations

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