Citing your sources in APA Style can be tricky. Here are some resources you can use, along with some librarian tips.
Resources for Citing in APA
- Nursing Resources: Citing Your Sources in APAThis Drake Memorial Library resource has lots of APA support info.
- Citing Articles in EBSCOhost databases [video]CINAHL Complete is an EBSCOhost database. You can watch this video to learn how to generate a citation automatically in a database such as CINAHL Complete. This video was created by the EBSCOhost company.
- APA in Minutes: Scholarly Journal Article [video]You can watch this video to learn more about the basics of citing scholarly journal articles in APA style. Librarians at Humber College made it, and Brockport librarians often recommend it to our students.
Citing Healthy People 2030
Citing websites in APA requires several steps. You need to identify each of the following:
- Title of Website (in italics, but not everything is capitalized)
- Web address
So, let's break them out:
The author is a government agency with a really long time. The author's full name is:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
This site does not list a date of publication, so you use(n.d.).
Title of Website
The title of the website is Healthy people 2030. Notice how the title is italicized and that only Healthy is capitalized.
The website address is in the address bar. It is https://health.gov/healthypeople
The full citation for Healthy People 2030 is:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. (n.d.) Healthy people 2030. https://health.gov/healthypeople
Librarian Tip: Fix Citations
Citations from databases usually aren’t 100% correct. When you copy a citation from a database, you will need to review it for accuracy, and fix errors. Incorrect capitalization and date formatting are common errors.
Here are some steps you can take to clean up your citations and make sure they are correct:
- Double check! Make sure you copied and pasted the APA citation from the database. Databases offer multiple styles for citations.
- Open your APA Style Manual or the OWL at Purdue APA Formatting and Style Guide [opens in new tab].
- Check for correct capitalization (author’s names and initials, the article’s title, the journal title, the book’s title).
- Check that the date is in the correct format. For example, if an article is in a journal for which there is a volume and issue number, then you don’t need to include the month in your citation.
- For books, check to make sure the publication city is included. If it isn’t, you can use Google to find the city where the publisher is located.
- For eBooks, include the link from where you retrieved it.
- For books and eBooks, ensure the information on editors and authors is correct. Citations for books with an editor have a different format than citations for books with authors.
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