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AAA Style

AAA style is the citation style of the American Anthropological Association.

AAA Style Resources

AAA is based primarily on the Chicago Manual of Style. When the AAA Style Guide below doesn’t specify a rule, you can follow Chicago Style.  For a good, concrete example of how to cite your materials, see the bibliographies for articles in  the journal titled American Anthropologist.

  • AAA Style Guide
    Downloadable PDF file of the most current version of the style guide.

Citation Examples

Book (Single author)

Note the author on the separate line, hanging indent for the work.

Matthews, Anne.
     1997 Bright College Years: Inside the American Campus Today. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Book (Coauthored) Last name, first for the initial author, comma and then first name last name for the 2nd author, without a comma

Bonacich, Edna, and John Modell
     1975 The Economic Basis of Ethnic Solidarity: Small Business in the Japanese American
        Community. Berkeley: University of California Press.


Multiple authors.  Cite first author in text, for example: (Smith, et al. 2004) Last name, first name for the initial author with first name last name and first name last name of following authors, no comma needed in succeeding authors

Smith, John, Janice Brown, Chris W. Enkunde, and Lois Denmark.
    2004 The History of the World Wide Web. 2nd edition.
       Chicago: University of ChicagoPress.

Article in Edited Book

Italicize the word In and use Pp. to designate pages.

Attfield, Robin.
     2002 The Good of Trees. In Environmental Ethics: What Really Matters, What Really Works.
        David Schmidtz and Elizabeth Willott, eds. Pp. 58-71. New York: Oxford University Press.

Scholarly Journal Article

Moll, Luis C.
     2000 Writing as Communication: Creating Strategic Learning Environments
        for Students. Theory into Practice 25 (3): 202-208.

Magazine Article

Letter to the Editor
     1994 Newsweek, August 27: 4, 11.

Newspaper Article

Reinhold, Robert
     2000 Illegal Aliens Hoping to Claim Their Dreams. New York Times, November 3: A1, A10.

Electronic/Online Sources

Follow the Chicago Manual of Style when citing these kinds of sources


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