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Citation styles

For sociology projects and essays, you're typically expected to use one of two styles, ASA or APA. Check with your professor to learn which s/he wants used on a given assignment, then consult one of the following resources. 

ASA (American Sociological Association) style

  • The ASA Style Guide (4th edition, published in 2010) is available at the Reference Desk under this call number: HM73 .A547 2010This is the authoritative guide for ASA style. 
  • For a "cheat sheet" to ASA style, refer to the Library Quick Guide for ASA style, available at the left in two formats, MS Word or PDF.
  • For additional online guides to ASA style, refer to links On the Web in the box at the left.

APA (American Psychological Association) style

  • The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition, published in July, 2009) is available at the Reference Desk under this call number: BF76.7 .P83 2010.  This is the authoritative guide for APA style.  
  • For a "cheat sheet" to APA style, refer to the Library Quick Guide for APA style, available at the left in two formats, MS Word or PDF.
  • For additional online guides to APA style, refer to refer to links On the Web at the Library's guide to Style Manuals & Writing Guides.  

Learn about other styles (MLA, Chicago, Turabian, etc.) at the Library's webpage on Style Manuals & Writing Guides.

RefWorks

You can also use RefWorks to organize references you collect while conducting research, cite the references in your essay, and compile a bibliography according to the citation style of your choice.  Open RefWorks to get started, or consult our RefWorks Guide for more information (including the Group Code for CSULA). 

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