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Sociology Research Guide: Cite

Subject guide for Sociology

ASA Style

American Sociological Association Style Guide
Print style guide:Book cover of style guide
ASA Style Guide by the American Sociological Association, 5th ed., 
      a copy is kept at the Reference Desk, HM 569 A54 2014.

APA Citation

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. (2010) is the authority used by writers in the social sciences and some natural sciences.
Cover of the 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual


Unofficial: CSUF APA Citation Style (PDF) provides a two-page overview of some of the most common citation needs for both the in-text parenthetical documentation and the reference list

Official: APA Frequently Asked Questions and APA Style Help provide a few official examples and additional support from the APA.  For the most comprehensive coverage of APA style, including citation rules, please remember to consult the print APA publication manual.  Copies are kept at the Reference Desk for in-library use.

Also Available Online: OWL (Online Writing Lab) at Purdue University(go to website). Purdue University's OWL is an excellent resource to use to look up any citation style, including APA.

Sample Citation in APA Format

Citation as it was found in a database:    access this article
Keith F. Durkin; Timothy W. Wolfe; Gregory A. Clark, College Students and Binge Drinking: An Evaluation of Social Learning Theory, Sociological Spectrum, Volume 25 Issue 3 May 2005, pages 255 - 272.

Citation now in APA format:
This example is for a print article:
Keith, F., Durkin, K.F., Wolfe, & Gregory A. Clark, (2005). College students and binge drinking: An evaluation
      of social learning theory, Sociological Spectrum, 25 (3), 255 - 272.

This example is for an online article with a DOI number:
Keith, F., Durkin, K.F., Wolfe, & Gregory A. Clark, (2005). College students and binge drinking: An evaluation
      of social learning theory, Sociological Spectrum, 25 (3), 255 - 272. doi: 10.1080/027321790518681

This example is for an online article with no DOI number:
Keith, F., Durkin, K.F., Wolfe, & Gregory A. Clark, (2005). College students and binge drinking: An evaluation
      of social learning theory, Sociological Spectrum, 25 (3), 255 - 272. Retrieved from http://www.informaworld.com