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Sociology Research Guide: Citation Help

Resources for students and faculty in the Sociology Department


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Why ASA?

The ASA Style Guide highlights and features guidelines for the most common situations encountered by authors and editors in the ASA journal publication process.  It is designed to serve as the authoritative reference for writing, submitting, editing, and copy editing manuscripts for ASA journals.  In prcatice, however, the ASA Style Guide also serves a wider community of researchers, writers, and publishers who use it to prepare and present scholarly papers in other sociological and social science venues (ASA 2010).

ASA Style Guide

Research papers generally build on the work of previous writers and researchers.  When you write a paper and use the material of another author, you must document that source.  Documentation credits the author and publisher of the original work and provides the necessary information for readers to consult the same sources.  Documentation is generally in the form of a bibliography that is a list of works cited at the end of the paper.  This guide is based on the style rules outlined in the American Sociological Association (ASA) Style Guide (4th edition, 2010).  For additional information or for more detailed explanations, please refer to the manual itself.  It is located at the Mansfield Library Information Center Reference Desk, call number 808.027 A51286s 2010. The following examples are for commonly used sources using the ASA Citation Guide.

American Sociological Association. 2010. American Sociological Association Style Guide. 4th ed. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association.

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