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SOC 106 - Introduction to Sociology - Meagher: Citation

Why do we cite?

We cite, or refer to, our sources in research assignments for (basically) 4 reasons:

1) To give credit to (or not take the blame for!) the "author" of the idea or quote 

2) To support and highlight our own work/ideas

3) To show the research we have done

4) To become part of the academic or scholarly "conversation" about our topic


The Library subscribes to RefWorks.  RefWorks is a management tool to help you import, organize, create bibliographies and export references (or citations). 

To learn how to create an account and how to use Refworks visit our Cite Research page.

ASA @ Perdue OWL

This resource covers American Sociological Association (ASA) style and includes information about manuscript formatting, in-text citations, formatting the references page, and accepted manuscript writing style. The bibliographical format described is taken from the American Sociological Association (ASA) Style Guide, 5th edition.


ASA in RefWorks

When using RefWorks make sure you select ASA 5th edition. You may have to type it in the "Search for styles..." box.