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Evidence-Based Nursing: Citations

Nursing practice that bases clinical decisions on research, clinical expertise, patient choices, and critical evaluation of the literature. Scope Note from CINAHL.

Why Cite?

When you research a topic you may use information from articles, books, or the Web to support your ideas. However, you must credit the original authors of these sources by citing them.  This serves two important functions.

  •   It makes it clear that you are not plagarizing, or claiming work that is not your own.
  •   It tells readers of your work where to to find more information on a topic.

Citation Tips

  • Email yourself a copy of any articles or websites you are using.  This ensures you will have the correct information when writing your paper.
  • Use quotation marks when directly stating another person's words.
  • Credit original authors for not just their words, but also their ideas.
  • The OWL, The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University is one of the best sources for learning more about citing and formatting your papers.

Citation Tools: APA

APA style, developed by the American Psychological Association, is used for hard sciences and social sciences, including education. APA uses parenthetical citations within the text and a corresponding bibliography or works cited list at the end of the paper.

Citation Tools: NoodleBib

NoodleTools is an online tool for creating works cited lists. Use it with MLA, APA, or Chicago styles. It helps you create your citations, and generates your bibliography.
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