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ASA Style Guide

This guide will show you how to cite your sources using the ASA (American Sociological Association) citation style.

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About ASA Style

American Sociological Association (ASA) style is generally used for papers in sociology.  It is based on and frequently refers to the Chicago Manual of Style.

The purpose of documentation is to:

  • Identify (cite) other people’s ideas and information used within your essay or term paper.
  • Indicate the authors or sources of these in a References list at the end of your paper.

This online guide is based on the ASA Style Guide (4th ed.), published in 2011.

What's New in the 4th edition of the ASA?

This guide is based on 4th edition of the  ASA Style Guide, published in 2011.  

The only substantive change from previous editions are as follows:

  • State and provincial abbreviations are no longer necessary if the city is will known (e.g., Toronto, Boston) or if the state or province is obvious from the name of the publisher. (e.g., Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press).

  • The name of an author or editor should be listed in full for each reference.  So even if you've listed the authors of a paper already, you still need to spell out their names the next time they occur.

The 4th edition of the ASA Style Guide is based on and refers to the 15th edition of the Chicago Manual of Style

Printable Handouts

If you already know another citation style, then you already know most of what you need to know to use ASA.

If you already know APA or MLA, one of these handouts will tell you what you need to know about ASA in a nutshell.