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NUR 3165 - Nursing Research: 1. APA

This Libguide is designed to help UCF Nursing students enrolled in NUR3165 identify, understand, and effectively use relevant electronic sources, including eBooks and article databases.

Tips for citing journal articles in APA Format

  • Keep in mind that database generated citations are not always perfect, so be sure to double check them :)
  • Only the first word of the article title AND the subtitle (immediately following the colon - if present) should be capitalized, and the rest should be lower case with the exception of proper nouns -see example #4 "Journal Article with DOI assigned"
  • Make sure to capitalize the each word in the journal title. Remember that conjunctions and/or prepositions should not be capitalized (i.e, American Journal of Nursing)
  • Remember to italicize both the journal title AND the volume number when creating scholarly article references
  • If your article has eight or more authors, list the first six authors and then put . . . (an ellipses) between the sixth author's name and the last author's name. Please see pg. 184 and 198 of the APA manual or the APA style blog article "Formatting APA References With More Than Seven Authors" for more information.
  • End all citations with a period except those that contain DOIs and URLs.

  APA - 6th ed.


Check with your professor for any individual preferences in citation styles, particularly journal articles from a database. This information comes from the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 6th edition.

Electronic /eBooks from a database

Thorne, K. (2007). Essential creativity in the classroom: inspiring kids. Retrieved from NetLibrary database.

Book chapter from electronic books

Byrne, A. (2004). What phenomenal consciousness is like. In R.C. Gennaro (Ed.), Higher-order theories of consciousness: An anthology (pp. 203-225) Retrieved from NetLibrary database.

Dissertation from a database

Weitz, S.A. (2007). Bourbon, pork chops, and red peppers: Political immorality in Florida, 1945—1968. Retrieved from ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. (AAT 3263791)

Journal Article with DOI assigned

Calcagno, J., Crosta, P., Bailey, T., & Jenkins, D. (2007). Stepping stones to a degree: The impact of enrollment pathways and milestones on community college student outcomes. Research in Higher Education, 48(7), 775-801. doi: 10.1007/s11162-007-9053-8

Journal Article (no DOI assigned) retrieved from a database

Hoffman, C. B. & Rowland, D. (2007). Covering America's uninsured. American Journal of Nursing, 104(4), 75-79. 

Journal Article (no DOI assigned) retrieved from the Internet

Albright, T.L. & Burge, S.K. (2003). Improving firearm storage habits: Impact of brief office counseling by family physicians. The Journal of the American Board of Family Practice, 16(1), 40-46. Retrieved from

Magazine Article (no DOI assigned) retrieved from a database

Lowry, R. (2007, December 3). Cut from the same cloth. National Review

Magazine Article (no DOI assigned) retrieved from Internet

Morrissey, J. (2008, February 19). How bad will the mortgage crisis get? Time. Retrieved from,8599,1714725,00.html

Newspaper Article retrieved from Internet

Dillon, S. (2008, February 27). Survey finds teenagers ignorant on basic history and literature questions. New York Times. Retrieved from

Newspaper Article retrieved from database

Pesquera, A. (2007, December 6). Small businesses learn, network at conference. San Antonio Express-News, p. 2E. Retrieved from LexisNexis Academic database.

ERIC Document

Andrews, S.E. (2007). The impact of modeling upon preservice teachers in a content area reading course. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED499388). Retrieved from ERIC.

Annual Report

Anheuser-Busch Companies. (2006). Brewing our future: 2006 annual report. Retrieved from

Article on Web site

Pons, M. (2002). School vouchers: The emerging track record. National Education Association. Retrieved from

Article on Web site no author or date

Voucher. (n.d.). National Education Association. Retrieved February 29, 2008, from

Video post

Greig, T. (2007, November 18). Bibliographic instruction business card stickers. [Video file]. Video posted to

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