Citing and Writing


The accepted citation style for sociology is American Sociological Association (ASA) Style.

For more help citing sources consult the full Style Guide in print.

Citation Managers

There are many different types of software that can help you to keep track of your sources.  Here are two:

  1. Zotero : A free tool to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research source
  2. Mendeley - A free reference manager and academic social network.

Visit the Citation Managers guide which has instructions for downloading and using citation managers.

Avoiding plagiarism

Click through the following presentation about avoiding plagiarism in your papers. (Source: Norma Marion Alloway Library, Trinity Western University.)

Writing assistance

Questions about grammar and structure? Don't forget to refer back to your ENGL 3, 4 and 5 writing manuals. We have a couple of copies on Reserve if you need to quickly refer back to rules on commas, noun/pronoun agreement, structuring your paper, or other issues.

The Writing Center

Having trouble putting it all together? The SMC Center for Writing Across the Curriculum (or, "The Writing Center") offers peer-to-peer advising sessions for both undergraduate and graduate students. You can call or stop by to make an appointment, or can also drop in and do a session immediately, if an adviser is available. See their website for more information, or stop by the first floor of De La Salle Hall or call them: 925.631.4684 or email them

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