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ASA book no author citation in ASA format

When you are writing a piece of work and use someone else’s words or ideas you must reference them. This means that you need to include detailed information on all sources consulted, both within your text (in-text citations) and at the end of your work (reference list).

For a paper done in ASA documentation style, the reference list will appear in a separate section and will be titled “References.” Here on your References page, you acknowledge your sources by listing them in an alphabetical order by author’s last name. Although the References page appears at the end of your paper, you will draft this section in advance, so that you will have the appropriate information to cite your paper properly.

According to ASA guidelines the general formatting rules for your references page are as follows:

  • List your sources in an alphabetical order according to the author’s last name.
  • If no author is listed, begin with the main word of the article or book title (ignoring A, An, or The).
  • Italicize the title of books, magazines, or journals.
  • Quote the title of articles, or any other work that appears within a publication.
  • Format each entry with a hanging indent. A hanging indent means that the first line of the entry remains flush with the left margin, and the subsequent lines are indented 5 spaces to the right. Your word processing software will provide this feature easily.
  • The order of each entry is as follows: — Author. Year of Publication. “Article.” Title of Book. City Published: Publisher.

The goal of the ASA citation format is to provide brief citations and as little distraction to the reader as possible. The citations are to provide clear directions for the reader to find the proper and complete entry in the full reference list that appears in the bibliographic section. Minimum information necessary for any source (journal article, magazine, newspaper or book) in the parenthetical references is the author’s last name (the name by which the source is alphabetized in the reference list at the end of the paper) and the year of publication. Subsequent citations of the same source are still listed parenthetically by author and year. Creating a ASA book with unknown author citation within citation machine use the title in place of the author. List these works alphabetically by the first significant word in the title (i.e. not by “the” “a” or “an”).