Anthropology information resources: Citing & writing


The unacknowledged use of other people's ideas or work, whether intentional or unintentional, is a serious academic offense. Plagiarism can be avoided through careful work habits.

Learn more through the SFU Library's plagiarism guide and take our interactive tutorial Understanding and Avoiding Plagiarism to test your knowledge.

Information needed to cite a journal article, a web page or a book

Anthropological citation style

As of September 2015, American Anthropological Association (AAA) recommends the use of Chicago Manual of Style (Author-Date).

Citing Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers

Citing Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers

Citing Data

ICPSR's guide to Citing Data

Citation Management

 Citation management tools can collect your references and automatically cite them for you.  SFU Library provides support for Zotero.  For help, contact us at

Books on writing in Anthropology and Sociology

Writing Dissertations

Useful subject headings for writing

Browse by Subject (Browse tab in "Catalogue Search", change "Title" to "Subject")

See also the SFU Library's Writing and Style Guides for further information on citation styles and guides to writing.

Web guides

Writing help

For undergraduate students, the Student Learning Commons provides assistance and numerous, helpful guides.

For graduate students, the Research Commons provides assistance and numerous guides and workshops.

Open access