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Citing Resources in ASA (American Sociological Association) Style
- The ASA citation style is typically used by sociology.
Current copies of the American Sociological Association
Style Guide can be found on RESERVE at:
HM73. A54 2007.
Remember that your list of resources should be presented
in alphabetical order by author's last name.
- Sample Citations
- When writing a citation in the ASA style, pay particular attention to italics, punctuation, indentation, and capitalization. With the ASA Style, quotations and borrowed phrases are indicated as such within the text, with the author's name and page number cited in parentheses. This variation is used instead of footnotes or endnotes.
- Many more samples of citations presented in the ASA style can be found in the American Sociological Association Style Guide. Please consult this book or a librarian for help with unusual resources.
All of the following samples are taken from:
American Sociological Association. 1996. American Sociological
Style Guide. 1st ed. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association.
(Sample of book with edition specified.)
Book with More Than One Author:
Note: italicize the title of the book and capitalize all important words in titles. Indentation is important, as is the order of the authors names.
Berlin, Gorden and Andrew Sum. 1988. Toward a More Perfect
Skills, Poor Families, and Our Economic Future. New York: Ford
Book with an Editor:
Koshar, Rudy, ed. 1990. Splintered Classes. New
York: Holmes and Meier.
Note: Article titles are set off with "quotation marks" and italicize the title of the journal. This sample includes a volume number (79) and an issue number (4). Note that there is no period after the title of the journal.
Goodman, Leo A. 1947. "The Analysis of Systmes of Qualitative Variables When
Some of the Variables Are Unobservable. Par I - A Modified Latent Structure
Approach." American Journal of Sociology 79 (4): 1179-259.
Note: Italicize the title of the newspaper.
Guiles, Melinda and Krystal Miller. 1990. "Mazda and Mitsubishi-Chrysler
Venture Cut Output, Following Big Three's Lead." Wall Street Journal.
January 12, pp. A2, A12.
Note: No italics.
American Sociological Association. 2000. "Scholarship
of Teaching and Learning
Workshop." Washington, DC: American Sociological Association, Retrieved
May 5, 2000 (http://www.asanet.org/members/socwkshp.html).
Quick Style Guide for Students Writing Sociology Papers based on 1997 ASA Style Guide.
ASA Format Guide Samples from California State University Library based on 1997 ASA Style Guide.
Updated: Jan. 7, 2010