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Nursing: APA Citation Style

Research Guide for Nursing Students

American Psychological Association (APA) Citation Style

Print Book 


Polit, D.F. & Beck, C.T. (2017). Nursing research: Generating and assessing evidence for nursing practice.  
     Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.

In-Text Reference:

(Polit & Beck, 2017)

Print Journal Article 


Scheetz, L. J. (2015). One for the road: A comparison of drinking and driving behavior among younger and
     older adults involved in fatal crashes. Journal of Trauma Nursing, 22(4), 187–193.

In-Text Reference:

(Scheetz, 2015)

Electronic Book  


Renpenning, K. M., Taylor, S. G., & Pickens, J. M. (2016). Foundations of professional nursing : Care of self
     and others
.  New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company. Retrieved from //

In-Text Reference:

(Renpenning, Taylor & Pickens, 2016)

Journal Article in Electronic Database


Georges, C. A. (2012). Project to expand diversity in the nursing workforce. Nursing Management - UK, 19(2),
     22–26. Retrieved from

In-Text Reference:

(Georges, 2012)

Web Site


National Institute of Mental Health. (n.d.). The teen brain: 6 things to know. Retrieved from
     teenbrain6thingstoknow- 508_153233.pdf.

In-Text Reference:

(National Institute of Mental Health, n.d.)

APA Citation Guides

APA (American Psychological Association) style is most commonly used to cite sources within the social sciences. The following online guides are consistent with the 6th edition.

APA Citation Style Guide

APA Style in Other Media

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