When writing a citation in the ASA style, pay particular attention to italics, punctuation, indentation, and capitalization. With the ASA Style, quotations and borrowed phrases are indicated as such within the text, with the author's name and page number cited in parentheses. This variation is used instead of footnotes or endnotes.
Many more samples of citations presented in the ASA style can be found in the American Sociological Association Style Guide. Please consult this book or a librarian for help with unusual resources.
All of the following samples are taken from:
American Sociological Association. 1996. American Sociological Association Style Guide. 1st ed. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association. (Sample of book with edition specified.)
Book with more than one author
Note: italicize the title of the book and capitalize all important words in titles. Indentation is important, as is the order of the authors names.
Book with an editor
Note: Article titles are set off with "quotation marks" and italicize the title of the journal. This sample includes a volume number (79) and an issue number (4). Note that there is no period after the title of the journal.
Note: Italicize the title of the newspaper.
Note: No italics.
Samples of papers written using the ASA style can be found at the following websites:
Quick Style Guide for Students Writing Sociology Papers based on 1997 ASA Style Guide.
ASA Format Guide Samples from California State University Library based on 1997 ASA Style Guide.