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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.  
     Wolters Kluwer.

In-Text Reference:
(Polit & Beck, 2017)

Print Book - Edition Other Than the First
Duffy, J. R. (2018). Quality caring in nursing and health systems: Implications for clinicians, educators, and leaders (3rd ed.).
     Springer Publishing Company.

In-Text Reference:
(Duffy, 2018)

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
.  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. doi:10.7748/nm2012.

In-Text Reference:
(Georges, 2012)

Web Site


National Institute of Mental Health. (n.d.). The teen brain: 7 things to know. Retrieved from

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. A 7th edition was just published in 2020. Make sure you know which version you are required to follow. Because both the 7th and the 6th editions might be in use during the transition, many online guides include documentation for both.