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RNSG 1327: Transition to Professional Nursing: APA Citation Style

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APA Citation Style Example

APA Citation Style for Journals  Found Electronically:

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number(issue number), pages.


-You will list all authors up to 20 names.  Last Name, First and Middle Initials (if available). Comma in between. Put the & before the last one.

-Do not put the authors credentials (Ex: RN, MSN, MD)

-The article title:  Only the first letter is capitalized unless it is a name or place. The rest of the words are lower case.  The only exception is if there is a punctuation in the title such as a colon :  Then the first word after is also capitalized.

-Title of Journal and Volume are italicized

-If you access a journal article online and there is no DOI#, use the “stable” URL for the database



Gillespie, K.,  Chibuk, A., Doering, J. , & Nelson, K. (2021). Maternity nurses' responses to maternal early warning criteria. MCN, American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing46(1), 36-42.



Some quick hints about APA citations:

Authors names are Last Name, First and Middle Initials. Do not use the whole first or middle name.

Only the first letter or proper names in the title of the item is capitalized.  You also capitalize the first letter that occurs after punctuation such as a colon, question mark or exclamation point in the title.

If the book has an editor rather than an author, put (Ed.) after the author's name.

Italicize titles.

If the citation is more than one line, indent the rest of the lines.

Place citations in alphabetical order.

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