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ASA Style

ASA Style has specific guidelines for how to set up your paper, number your pages, and cite your sources. Be sure to read through these guidelines before you begin - following the formatting guidelines as you go will be much easier than trying to apply them at the end! 

Manuscript Formatting —Title page, page numbering, font size and style, etc.

In-text Citation —The basic ASA format is (Last name Year;page) - there is no punctuation between the author's last name and the year, and there are no spaces before or after the colon that separates the year and page number.  Example: (Smith 2018:152)

Reference Page—The basic ASA format for a book and a journal article is shown below. For other sources or more examples, visit the Purdue OWL link provided.

ASA Book Citation: Last, First Middle. Year. Book Title in Title Caps and Italicized. Publishing City: Publisher.

  • Gurr, Ted Robert, ed. 1989. Violence in America. Vol. 1, The History of Crime. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.
  • Mason, Karen. 1974. Women's Labor Force Participation. Research Triangle Park, NC: National Institutes of Health

ASA Journal Article Citation: Last, First Middle. Year. “Article Title in Title Caps and in Quotes.” Journal Title in Title Caps and Italicized Volume Number(Issue Number):page numbers of article.

  • Conger, Rand. 1997. "The Effects of Positive Feedback on Direction and Amount of Verbalization in a Social Setting." American Journal of Sociology 79:1179-259.
  • Coe, Deborah L., and James D. Davidson. 2011. “The Origins of Legacy Admissions: A Sociological Explanation.” Review of Religious Research 52(3):233-47.

Examples provided by Purdue OWL, ASA 5th ed.


ASA Style Guide "Quick Tips"—A downloadable "cheat sheet" provided by the ASA (4th ed.)

Other Citation Styles

If you need to cite in a different style, McGill Library has guides for those as well! 

As a Westminster student, you also have free access to Mendeley.  For more information on what the Mendeley Citation Manager does and how to use it, check out the Mendeley Citation Management guide.