Consult the Library's web page on Writing & Citing for general help on essay writing, avoiding plagiarism, and citing your sources.
Political science scholars often use either APA, MLA style or Chicago style, but always consult with your professor or syllabus. Citation MachinebibmeAPA Referencing GeneratorThere are many different and free citation management tools available e.g. Zotero, Mendeley, EndNote. A more extensive list may be found here. Consult with your liaison librarian to know which tool may work best for you and your research.
Zotero, fast becoming one of the most used, free, online citation management tool among many new products! Register for an online account here, install Zotero as a free standalone application here, select different styles to import here, consult this UNC Library video, add a Word plugin to allow you to do intext citing here, add a Zotfile plugin to help manage your PDFs here , watch a video on Working with PDFs, and consult this NorthWestern Library guide for good tips here.
The Nelson Guide to Research and Writing in Political Science (JA 86 C43 2013 ask for it on 3 hour loan at the Library's Ask Us Desk)