Use the following template to cite a e-book or pdf using the ASA citation style. For help with other source types, like books, PDFs, or websites, check out our other guides. To have your reference list or bibliography automatically made for you, try our free citation generator.

Reference list

Place this part in your bibliography or reference list at the end of your assignment.


Author Surname, Author Forename. Year Published. Title. City: Publisher. Retrieved October 10, 2013 (http://Website URL).


Anon. 2014. Governor Phillip's Instructions 25 April 1787 (UK) [Transcript -Rtf]. 1st ed. n.d.: n.d. Retrieved August 6, 2014 (

In-text citation

Place this part right after the quote or reference to the source in your assignment.


(Author Surname Year Published)


Norfolk Island being represented as a spot which may hereafter become useful, you are as soon as circumstances will admit of it, to send a small establishment thither to secure the same to us, and prevent it being occupied by the subjects of any other European power... (Anon 2014)

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