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APSA Style Manual

Style Manual for Political Science

Call Number: REF 808.0665 A512 2001

The APSA style manual is sponsored by the American Political Science Association Committee on Publications. It is widely used by political scientists.

 

Citing with APSA

The Writing Center at UW-Madison is a great source for details about formatting headings, notes, parenthetical citations, citing government documents, and reference lists. Below are some basics. Remember to indent the second and subsequent lines. 

  • Book
Lastname, Firstname Middle Initial. Year. Title of Book. Place of Publication: Publisher.

Example:

Kessel, John H. 1968. The Goldwater Coalition: Republican Strategies in 1964. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill.

 

  • E-Book
Lastname, Firstname Middle Initial. Year. Title of Book. Retrieval Path. (Date of last access).

Example:

Armintor, Bob A. 2005. Managing IP Networks. Ebook Library. (September 3, 2009).

 

  • Print Journal
Lastname, Firstname Middle Initial. Year. "Title of Article." Title of Journal. Volume (Month): page-page.

Example:

Aldrich, John H. 1980. "A Dynamic Model of Presidential Nomination Campaigns." American Political Science Review 74 (September): 651-59.

 

  • E-Journal (from a database)
Lastname, Firstname Middle Initial. Year. "Title of Article." Title of Journal Volume (Number). <full retrieval path>. (Date of last access).

Example:

Browning, Tonya. 1997. "Embedded Visuals: Student Design in Web Spaces." Kairos: A Journal for Teachers of Writing in Webbed Environment 3 (1). <http://english.ttu.edu/-kairos/2.1/features/browning/index.html>. (October, 21, 1997).

 

  • Print Magazine
Lastname, Firstname Middle Initial. Year. "Title of Article." Title of Magazine, Month, page-page.

Example:

Prufer, Olaf. 1964. "The Hopewell Cult." Scientific American, December, 13-15.

 

  • Website
Lastname, Firstname Middle Initial. Year. "Title of Website." Month Day. URL (date of last access).

Example:

King, Gary, Michael Tomz, and Jason Wittenberg. 1998. "Making the Most of Statistical Analyses: Improving Interpretation and Presentation." September 7. http://gking.harvard.edu/preprints.shtml (October 22, 1998).