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ASA Citation Format - American Sociological Association

American Sociological Association (ASA) Style Guide

The American Sociological Association published its first style guide in 1997 to formalize publication standards for sociological research and writing.  It is the authoritative reference for writing, submitting, editing, and copyediting manuscripts for ASA journals and other publications following ASA's unique format. 

In 2019, the ASA released the sixth edition of the style guide, which features guidelines for the most common situations encountered by authors and editors. New features include reference formatting and additional information on grammar, as well as expanded information on the use of electronic, digital, and social media sources (ASA, 2019). 

The ASA Style Guide is published in print version only. However, they have put many of their general guidelines online. To access information on ASA citations, you may:

  • Refer to the print copy we keep at King Library, available for use for two hours at a time from the first floor reserves desk;
  • Use an online writing tutorial such as the one managed by Purdue's Online Writing Lab
  • Refer to the fundamentals on this subject guide, using the links on the left to navigate.