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SO375 Senior Seminar in Sociology: Citations


RefWorks is a citation management system that allows you to create, edit, and save citations.  Accounts are free to Skidmore students, faculty, and staff. 

Basic Journal Article Citation in ASA Style:

Last name, First name of author. Year. "Article Title with the First Letter of All Main Words Capitalized." Journal Title with Same Capitalization and in Italics Volume(Issue):Page range.


Examples of Journal Article Citations in ASA Style:

Comfort, Megan, and Troy Williams. 2018. "After Life Imprisonment: Reentry in the Era of Mass Incarceration." Contemporary Sociology 47(3):343-345.


Araki, Satoshi. 2020. "Educational Expansion, Skills Diffusion, and the Economic Value of Credentials and Skills." American Sociological Review 85(1):128-175.



A Digital Object Identifier (DOI) is a unique letter and number combination that identifies a specific article.  It's similar to an ISBN for a book.  You can typically find a DOI in an article's database record as well as the PDF of the article's full-text.

In ASA style, you will include a DOI at the end of a citation for an article that can only be found online. This means that most of your article citations will not include a DOI.

Not all articles will have DOIs, especially those in the Humanities and articles older than 2000.  You can use the links below to search for the DOI of an article.