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Public Policy Writing & Citing: Writing & Citing Tools

Citing Sources

Citing Sources
Duke Libraries guide with examples for each major style manual, plus tips for avoiding plagiarism

Style Manual for Political Science
From APSA; Perkins Reference Desk

Complete Guide to Citing Government Information Resources: A Manual for Social Science and Business Research 
by Debora Cheney for LexisNexis; Perkins Reference Desk

Citation Managers

Citation Managers:



Comparison: RefWorks, EndNote, zotero


How to Use this Guide

This page links to tools:

  • Citing Sources
  • Citation Managers for bibliographies
  • Writing manuals and tip sheets, except for policy memos

Use the next tab, Memo & Media Writing Tips for:

  • Guides to writing policy memos
  • Tips for writing to the media, e.g. op-eds and letters to the editor

Writing Tips


Annotated Bibliographies

from Duke's Writing Center


Craft of Political Research  
Phillips Shively; Perkins stacks 


Doing Research in Political Science 

by Paul Pennings, Hans Keman and Jan Kleinnijenhuis; Perkins stacks

Writing for the Government

Allyn & Bacon Series in Technical Communication; Perkins stacks


Political Science
From Duke's Writing Studio; useful for political analysis papers

Subject Guide

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