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Why, when, and what do I have to cite?

The broad scientific knowledge we have today is the accomplishment of many researchers over time. To put your own contribution in context, it is important to cite the work of the researchers who influenced you.

Cited sources can provide key background information, support or dispute your thesis, or offer important definitions and data. Citing also shows that you have personally read the work.

In addition to crediting the ideas of others that you used to build your own argument, you need to provide documentation for all facts and figures that are not common knowledge.

Common knowledge is knowledge that is known by everyone, or nearly everyone, and can basically concern any subject. An example for common knowledge would be "There are seven days in a week".

The number of sources you cite in your work depends on the intent of the paper. In most cases, you will need to cite one or two of the most representative sources for each key point.

However, if you are working on a review article, the aim is to present to the readers everything that has been written on a topic, so you will need to include a more exhaustive list of citations.

What is the SAA citation style?

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The Society for American Archaeology (SAA) citation style is the preferred citation style for the three academic journals published by the SAA. These journals include American Antiquity, Latin American Antiquity, and Advance in Archaeological Practice.

How do I cite in the SAA citation style?

The Society for American Archaeology has published style guidelines for their journals, which can be found online. In general, the SAA citation style works with in-text citations and a References Cited page. These are the basic rules for in-text citations in the SAA style:

  • Include the author's last name and year of publication, without a comma between the name and the date, e.g. (Thomas 2004)
  • All direct quotations must have a page number from where the quotation was taken, e.g. (Wylie 1991:28)
  • When citing a source with two authors, use the word "and" in-between names, e.g. (Gass and Varonis 1984)
  • When citing three or more authors, list the first author's last name followed by "et al.", e.g. (Derwing et al. 2002) - but note that all author names must be listed in the References Cited page

How do I create a References Cited page in SAA?

Here are some basic rules for creating your bibliography in SAA:

  • The reference section begins a new page, titled "References Cited", and must be double-spaced throughout
  • All references cited in the text must appear in the reference section
  • Arrange the references in this order: author(s), date, title (and subtitle), publisher, location of publisher
  • Alphabetize the references cited by the last names of authors
  • Italicize titles of books and journals

Book with one author:

Elster, Jon
1989 Nuts and Bolts for the Social Sciences. Cambridge University Press, New York.

Book with multiple authors:

Iannone, Gyles, and Samuel V. Connell (editors)
2003 Perspectives on Ancient Maya Rural Complexity. UCLA Institute of Archaeology Press, Monograph 49, Los Angeles.

Journal article:

Ashmore, Wendy
1991 Site-Planning Principles and Concepts of Directionality among the Ancient Maya.
Latin American Antiquity 2:199–226.

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🦶 What is SAA format?

The Society for American Archaeology (SAA) format is the citation style for the three academic journals published by the SAA. These journals include American Antiquity, Latin American Antiquity, and Advance in Archaeological Practice.

😵 Is the SAA style difficult to use?

SAA is very easy to use with a little help of the BibGuru SAA citation generator! All you have to do is copy and paste your source into the BibGuru website, and we will generate a completely accurate citation for you.

✒️ What citation style does Archaeology use?

A citation style used in Archaeology is the SAA (Society for American Archaeology) style. You can read all about the SAA style in the Style Guide for American Antiquity, Latin American Antiquity, and Advances in Archaeological Practice.

✔ Where can I access the SAA Style Guide for free?

The Society for American Archaeology has released a fully revised and updated publication policy and style guide in English and Spanish online. You can download it here for free.

🔚 How do you cite the SAA style?

The SAA citation style uses in-text citations and a References Cited page at the end of your paper outlining your cited literature in detail. You can get familiar with the SAA citation style by reading their guidelines online, or you can focus on the content of your paper and let BibGuru take over the citations. Try it out here with just a click!

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