What is ASA referencing?
ASA referencing is a style of referencing developed by the American Sociological Association. It is specifically used for referencing publications relating to sociology and its associated disciplines.
ASA is similar to the APA style, but there are several key differences. Check with your academic institution to find out which they want and make sure you follow the formatting exactly, as it’s what you’ll be marked on.
How to ASA reference
In the ASA referencing style, in-text citations are used where the author’s last name and year of publication are included in brackets at the end of the sentence. Footnotes and endnotes are avoided unless you need to provide a description for a table.
As well as ASA citations within the text, you need to provide a reference list at the end which details exactly which sources you have used including the author’s name, title and date of publication, name of the publisher and place of publication. You should have double line spacing between each entry.
ASA referencing example
Cottrell, Stella. 2013. The study skills handbook. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.