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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 officially supports both Zotero and Mendeley.  For help, contact us at

Selected writing and style guides

Useful subject headings for writing

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

  • Audio-visual materials -- Authorship
  • Communication In The Humanities
  • Communication In The Social Sciences
  • English language -- Accents and accentuation
  • English language -- Grammar
  • English language -- Study and teaching -- Foreign speakers
  • English Language -- Terms And Phrases
  • Ethnology -- Authorship
  • Government Report Writing
  • Report Writing -- Handbooks Manuals Etc
  • Social sciences -- Authorship
  • Sociology -- Authorship
  • Written communication -- Technological innovations

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

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.

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