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How to Reference Political History in Your Blog

Having a firm grasp of political history is essential when it comes to creating engaging, motivated, and factual content.

Adam R.
March 22, 2023

How to Reference Political History in Your Blog

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Having a firm grasp of political history is essential when it comes to creating engaging, motivated, and factual content. For those of you who are historically inclined, pulling out a reference to political history may come as naturally to you as punctuation; for everyone else, making a targeted reference to a niche historical event does not come as naturally.

The first step to charging your content with exciting and relevant historical insights is to familiarize yourself with the process of formally referencing history in a written work.

Referencing Political History in Your Blog

The key to referencing political history in a blog boils down to three elements:

  • Citations
  • Selections
  • Relevancy 

A citation is where you physically reference the work you’ve chosen to sample from. Whenever you’re including a sample or selection from another author’s work, the proper and moral course is to cite them in your work. Without giving authors the credit they deserve, you’re not only doing them a disservice - you’re plagiarizing as well.

Citations for Political history reference

Citing sources gives your work authority and legitimacy. It shows to your readers that you’ve done your research, and that you have the facts to back up your assertions. And when your work is cited someday in a review, or educational work - you’ll be thankful you took the time and effort to format your references properly.

When You Cite a Source?

Citations should be created any time you make a historical assertion, or when you’ve referenced some piece of information outside of your own work. Whether you’re quoting directly from a body of work, or simply referencing established fact - you must cite your sources. 

The exceptions to the rule for making citations is when you reference common knowledge - such as the date of a country’s founding, or a public holiday. Of course, you are never required to cite your own work. 

How to Format a Citation in a Blog or Article

If you’ve ever turned in a paper - or have read an article on the internet - then you’re likely already familiar with the two most common forms of citations: MLA and APA. While these two formatting styles comprise the vast majority of cited works available on the internet, they are  typically not found in political science research or legal papers.

The citation styles used most often in political science blogs and articles are the Chicago and APSA format. Learning the subtle differences between these two citation styles will enable you to decide which is the most appropriate to adopt for your blog.


The Chicago Manual of Style was initially developed to create a guide and baseline standards for proper source citation. It is now in its 16th edition, and is utilized by hundreds of thousands of writers and researchers across the country; including some of the most prestigious educational institutions, such as Perdue.

Chicago-Style Bibliographies must:

  • Be single-spaced
  • Be arranged alphabetically by author’s last name
  • Have the second line of the source indented

An example of a Chicago citation would look like this:

  • Author
  • Title of Article/Book
  • Title of Paper/Journal/Website
  • Publication year
  • Publication month and date
  • Publisher
  • City of publication
  • Date of access
  • Page numbers
  • URL 


The American Political Science Association’s citation formatting is required for any author looking to be published by the organization; therefore, it is essential knowledge for researchers and political scientists to have.

ASPA references must be cited in the following format:

  • The page where you cite your references must be labeled “References”
  • Two blank lines of space between the title of the page and the first entry; with only one line of space separating each entry
  • Entries must be arranged alphabetically according to the first word in each entry
  • Use “and”, not “&” when there are multiple authors attributed to one reference
  • If a source has no author, cite the title.
  • If you are unable to get the date of the publication, use the abbreviation “n.d.” (no date)
  • Whenever applicable, reference the source DOI (digital object identifier) instead of the URL. 
  • If there is no DOI, include the URL in its place.

Other Helpful Resources 

citation and reference

When it comes to managing your citations, you can never have too much help. If you’re in need of some quality citation and reference tools, look no further. 

Citation Tools

These citation tools make organizing your bibliography or reference page a breeze.



Reference Guides

For more examples of Chicago and APSA formatting, visit these handy reference guides.



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