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Sociology: ASA Style

ASA Style Guide

Example References

Journal Articles

LastName1, FirstName1 and FirstName2 LastName2. Year. "This is the Title of the Article." This is the Journal Title. Volume Number(Issue Number): First page-last page.

Rocque, Michael, Brandon C. Welsh, and Adrian Raine. 2012. "Biosocial Criminology and Modern Crime Prevention." Journal of Criminal Justice 40(4): 306-312.


LastName1, FirstName1 and FirstName2 LastName2. Year.  This is the Title of the Book. Publisher city, state: Name of the Publisher.

Kane, Emily W. 2012. The Gender Trap: Parents and the Pitfalls of Raising Boys and Girls. New York: New York University Press.

A paper using ASA style

Vasi, Ion Bogdan, Edward T. Walker, John S. Johnson and Hui Fen Tan. 2015. "'No Fracking Way!' Documentary Film, Discursive Opportunity, and Local Opposition against Hydraulic Fracturing in the United States, 2010 to 2013." American Sociological Review 80(5):934-59.

Online guides with examples of references for other types of materials:
  • Emphasizing resources such as YouTube videos, blog posts, etc. (From Trinity College's Cite Source):
    ASA Style
  • Quick guides on Chicago Manual of Style, on which ASA Style is based (From Williams College):
    Author-Date System

DOIs - Digital Object Identifiers

Digital Object Identifiers are required for journal articles in ASA Style when they are available.

From A DOI Primer at the APA Style Blog:

"To search for DOIs, use CrossRef. The free DOI lookup searches for DOIs using information such as article title, authors, and publisher information. Or cut and paste your entire reference list into the Simple Text Query form and CrossRef will return all available DOIs at once."  [The Simple Text Query form is free, but requires users to register.]