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Criminal Justice/ Special Topics, CRJU 410-001: Citing Sources with ASA Style

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Examples of Text Citations from ASA Style Guide

Citations in the text include the last name of the author(s) and year of publication. Include page numbers when quoting directly from a work or referring to specific passages. Identify subsequent citations of the same source in the same way as the first.

Examples follow:

  • If the author’s name is in the text, follow it with the publication year in parentheses:  …in another study by Duncan (1959).

  • If the author’s name is not in the text, enclose the last name and publication year in parentheses: …whenever it occurred (Gouldner 1963).

  • Pagination follows the year of publication after a colon, with no space between the colon and the page number: …Kuhn (1970:71).  Note: This is the preferred ASA style. Older forms of text citations are not acceptable: (Kuhn 1970, p. 71).

  • Give both last names for joint authors: … (Martin and Bailey 1988).

  • If a work has three authors, cite all three last names in the first citation in the text; thereafter, use et al. in the citation.

  •  If a work has more than three authors, use et al. in the first citation and in all subsequent citations. First citation for a work with three authors: …had been lost (Carr, Smith, and Jones 1962). Later: …(Carr et al. 1962)

  • If a work cited was reprinted from a version published earlier, list the earliest publication date in brackets, followed by the publication date of the recent version used. …Veblen ([1899] 1979) stated that…

  • Separate a series of references with semicolons. List the series in alphabetical or date order, but be consistent throughout the manuscript. … (Green 1995; Mundi 1987; Smith and Wallop 1989).


American Sociological Association. 2010. “Quick Tips for ASA Style.” 

     Washington DC: American Sociological Association.

     Retrieved April 20, 2015 (