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UpdatedJuly 6, 2017

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Citation Guides and Tips for Avoiding Plagiarism

Scroll down to see links to sites that provide citation guides, and information on how to avoid plagiarism, as well as sites that may provide starting points for your research on an assigned paper.

Mr. Eisenberg's Handy-Dandy Guide to Using As the name suggests, this document is meant to help you use more efficiently. 

PDF version of the Handy-Dandy Guide

Turabian & Chicago Styles Citations From Berkeley College in California, a brief summary of the basic guidelines for citing of sources in the social sciences.

History:Documenting Sources Another source which gives a basic explanation, and allows one to go as in depth and he/she would like.

Chicago/Turabian Documentation Finally, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, another useful site which explains the requirements for citations.

Citing Electronic Information In History Papers Although this guide is intended specifically for students of History, this field and Political Science tend to share stylistic approaches to citations. Absent authoritative word from the Turabian guide, this is by far the best guidance available to students of Political Science using internet for serious research.

Plagiarism: What It is and How to Recognize and Avoid It This guide from Indiana University summarizes quite well the fundamental standards of academic honesty, and offers advice on how to avoid plagiarism.

Supreme Court Nomination Info

With the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, we see a vacancy on the Supreme Court. Democratic President Barack Obama has appointed Federal Judge Merrick Garland, and the Republican Senate has determined that a vote on confirmation will not take place. Articles linked below are intended to provide more information on the topic.

President Obama Nominates Merrick Garland To The Supreme Court-This article from the Washington Post is from March 16, 2016, when the announcement was first made by the White House.

Why The Senate Doesn't Have To Act on Merrick Garland's Nomination This article from The Atlantic explains the constitutional reasoning behind why the United States Senate is not legally obligated to hold a vote on a Supreme Court nomination. A concise explanation of the Constitution and the concept of separation of powers.

Everything You Need To Know About Appointing A Supreme Court JusticeThis March 7, 2016 article from the Washington Post gives details on the process in general, with information specific to the current situation, including the makeup of the Senate Judiciary Committee. It also includes a list of every nominee going back to Teddy Roosevelt, the length of the confirmation process for each, and the current length of time each sitting Justice has served.

The Senate Should Not Act On President Obama's Supreme Court Nomination The conservative National Review's argument against confirmation. The article's title sums it up nicely.

Why Merrick Garland Is The Moderate's Choice For The Supreme Court The New Republic tends towards the liberal end of the spectrum. This piece from March 2016 makes the argument that in a time of partisanship, Garland represents the best consensus pick available.

How Supreme Court Nominees Are Confirmed This concise explanation comes from USAToday It requires the free Flash Player which you may already have on your computer. Click on the image if you need the latest version.

Media War Over Nominee Still Just A Rumble This article from the July 28, 2005 edition of USA Today provides clear analysis of the role of interests groups in our system, and the fundamental role of the media. PDF print-friendly version.


Special Election Season document!

Electoral College Counter I created this rudimentary spreadsheet to try to manipulate the numbers in order to get a better understanding of the national picture, and to aid the process of making a prediction. You can use this for the same purposes, as well as for keeping score the night of the next election.  Updated for the 2016 election!

270toWin This site offers historical maps, and the ability to work with a map of the United States to play with different electoral scenarios. A wealth of information.

Internet Resources for Research on Supreme Court Cases

The Web has a wealth of primary source material for many subjects, and the Supreme Court is no exception. Those of you who wish to look up cases that came before the bench prior to 1937 will find fewer sources on the web, but they're out there!!! These and other sites have searchable databases of court cases.

Rominger's Legal Services--This is a site with a very long list of links to sites that will help you find information on many Supreme Court decisions.

Cornell Law School-Legal Information Institute Cornell Law School's web site contains a wealth of resources, including the an option to search lower court decisions.

Findlaw's Internet Legal Resource An excellent searchable database that dates back to 1893, and also highlights certain cases on the first page.


Helpful and/or Informative Links:

Google Search Results for Federalist #10 You may download the version of your choice. Choose from the links listed on the Google page.

Iowa Caucuses Explained This guide from CNN helps to explain the complex mechanics of the Iowa caucus.

What Are Exploratory Committees Winter is here, the time when the thoughts of politicians turn to the White House...This March 15, 1999 Slate piece answers basic questions about Presidential Exploratory Committees, a device used by candidates who wish to test the waters.

Gallup polling organization web site. This is a comprehensive and informative site. It gives data on various candidates for public office and historical figures. Recently Gallup has moved some of its content to a pay-as-you-go setup.

East Meadow H.S. Library Media Center This site contains many links which are quite useful. Highlights include links to the resources of the East Meadow Public Library, links tailored to specific academic areas, and resources for teachers. They even took the time to link to this site!

Rock The Vote Now you can register to vote online. In addition, this site provides information about our political system, and the various music artists involved in this project.

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