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August 29, 2014
 
 
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"Ethics, copyright laws, and courtesy to readers require authors to identify the sources of direct quotations and of any facts or opinions not generally known or easily checked."--
Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition (Chicago: Chicago Univ. Press), p. 594


How do you cite sources?

Identifying sources within the text simply means linking appropriate passages, ideas, data, and/or citations to relevant resources consulted or quoted. This can be done through in-text parenthetic notes, footnotes, or endnotes. In addition, a bibliography or list of works cited, is almost always placed at the end of the paper. 

Most of political science journals and books rely on the APA and Chicago style of documenting sources. An excellent source on how to cite your sources properly using these two research and documentation styles is Owl Purdue Writing Lab.

Is there any shortcut leading to an A paper?

Cheating is one of them. But, I will recommend you instead to read this excellent article on "Battling Six Evil Geniuses of Essay Writting," by Charles King.

Finally, I will end with Orwell’s advice to novice writers on writing clearly (from "Politics and the English Language," Shooting an Elephant and Other Essays).

· Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print.

· Never use a long word where a short one will do.

· If it is possible to cut a word out, always cut it out.

· Never use the passive where you can use the active.

· Never use a foreign phrase, a scientific word or jargon word if you can think of an everyday English equivalent.

· Break any of these rules sooner than say anything barbarous.

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