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Politics and International Relations: Organising references

This guide will introduce you to resources for politics and international relations.

Finding the right path

Citing and referencing in Politics

The Department is not prescriptive about styles. Either an in-text/author-date OR a footnote style can be used. The emphasis is on consistency.

In general APA, Chicago, Harvard or MLA  are recommended for in-text/author-date, while Chicago or MLA are recommended for footnote styles.

The Library provides information on styles with specific examples in the citing and referencing tutorial.

How to keep tabs on your references

Keeping track of what you have read for the different subjects, from a variety of sources can be time-consuming.

There are bibliographic software packages available which help with these tasks.

The University supports the EndNote software package which can be downloaded and used freely to students and staff at Monash.

The programme is a sophisticated sytem aimed at postgraduate and research needs, however undergraduate students are welcome to use it if they wish. The Library offers classes throughout the year on EndNote which can be found in the Library class booking system. It is also possible to request a class if you have a group of at least 5 students directly to the Politics librarian.

There is a web version of the programme which is simpler but allows students to keep the details of the references they use online. Online tutorials are available to help you get started.

EndNote quick start kit

Guides from endnote.com (PDFs open in new window):

Library EndNote training: