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Citing Sources in Sociology

Sociology resources typically use American Sociological Association styleThe Owl Purdue website provides examples of how to cite and how to structure a paper the ASA style. Here is a Quick Tip Guide to American Sociological Association (ASA) Style:

ASA follows this format:

Book Resource

Wilkerson, Isabel. 2020. Caste: The Origins of our Discontents. New York, NY: Random House. 

Journal Article 

Resendiz, Rosalva, and Lucas Espinoza. 2021. "(Re)Imagining Intersectionality: A Critical Race Feminist Pedagogy." Sociological Imagination 57(2):18-29. 

The library can guide you to citation management software and resources to help you properly cite your sources.

Avoiding Plagiarism

Union College Statement on Plagiarism (Office of the Dean of Studies)

To avoid plagiarism, you must give credit whenever you use:

- someone's idea, opinion, statement, or theory not your own;
- any facts, statistics, graphs, images—any pieces of information—that are not common knowledge (including definitions);
- quotes from someone's spoken or written words; or
- paraphrase of  someone's spoken or written words.

Deliberate Plagiarism - 

- Copying or buying someone's paper
- Using a paper from another class
- Using information from a source without citing

You Quote It, You Note It! (Acadia University)

Getting Started with RefWorks


RefWorks is a web based citation manager tool that allow you to:

  • Import citation information from a variety of sources 
    (including article databases)
  • Collect, organize, and manage citations
  • Quickly generate bibliographies and in-text citations in many different formats


As part of the Union College community, RefWorks is available for free download. To set up an account and for more information check the Getting Started with RefWorks guide.