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Nursing Undergraduate Student Library Research Guide: Citing using APA style

Information to support undergraduate students as they become proficient users of library resources and services

Using APA to Cite Sources

The following sources will provide you with the basics in using APA format. 

APA Formatting and Style Guide from Purdue's Online Writing Lab. Note especially the page on in-text citations to avoid plagiarism.

APA Style Essentials from Douglas Degelman, Ph.D., and Martin Lorenzo Harris, Ph.D., Vanguard University of Southern California.  Authors include details about formatting such as spacing, tabs, and a downloadable template for Microsoft Word. They have also linked a sample paper and a sample proposal.

APA Style from the APA includes information about writing without bias and citing electronic resources.  Look on the lower part of the page for material on references and in-text citations.

APA Reference Examples

Book

Hinton, A. L. (1999). Biocultural approaches to the emotions. Cambridge University Press.

Scholarly Article from an Online Database (with and without doi)

Yarcheski, A., Mahon, N., Yarcheski, T., Hanks, M., & Cannella, B. (2009). A meta-analytic study of predictors of maternal-fetal attachment. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 46(5), 708-715. doi:10.1016/j.ijnurstu.2008.10.013

Yarcheski, A., Mahon, N., Yarcheski, T., Hanks, M., & Cannella, B. (2009). A meta-analytic study of predictors of maternal-fetal attachment. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 46(5), 708-715.

Article from a Scholarly Journal (Print)

Watson, J. D., & Crick, F. H. (1953). A structure for deoxyribose nucleic acid. Nature, 171, 737-738.

Article from a Newspaper (Online Database)

Tax incentives reform: Still not the answer to N.J.’s fiscal crisis. (2019, January 29). Star-Ledger, The (Newark, NJ), p. 014.

Non Periodical Web Document, Web Page, or Report

Myers, M., Paiz, J., Angeli, E., Wagner, J., Lawrick, E., Moore, K., Anderson, M.,…Keck, R. (2019, December 20). General format. Purdue Online Writing Lab. https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/general_format.html

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