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SOCY 427: Identification, Surveillance and Citizenship

Evaluating Sources

Evaluating your sources is a crucial step of the research process. Evaluate each source carefully to determine its appropriateness and quality. The guides below will assist you:

Citing Sources

Knowing how to cite another person's work properly helps you to:

  • give credit and acknowledge their ideas
  • avoid plagiarism
  • direct readers to the sources on which your research is based

ASA style (created by the American Sociological Association) is a widely accepted citation style used for writing university-level research papers in the discipline of sociology. The Department of Sociology has created their own guide, based on ASA style, which is available on the Department's website: