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Citing in APA 7 for Nursing Papers

A citation is not simply a copied URL or the title of an article. URLs change, and sometimes there are multiple articles with the same title. Having all of the details, including volume, issue and page number can help researchers decipher between similar works with the same title. For most of your assignments at Gonzaga, you will be asked to use APA format, which is a common citation style in the health sciences.

The Nursing Department requires all graduate students in the MSN and DNP programs to use the APA "Professional Paper" format as outlined in Chapter 2 of the APA manual (7th edition) rather that the "student paper" format. When you are writing and formatting papers, make sure you follow the Professional Paper guidelines. The video below is a great resource.

APA Example

Here is an example of a journal article in APA format:

Grady, J. S., Her, M., Moreno, G., Perez, C., & Yelinek, J. (2019). Emotions in storybooks: A comparison of storybooks that represent ethnic and racial groups in the United States. Psychology of Popular Media Culture, 8(3), 207–217.

Note the following about APA format:

  • Author names are listed lastname, then initials, with each author separated by a comma. The last author is separated from the others with an ampersand (&).
  • The article title should be in sentence case, which means the first word and any proper nouns are capitalized, but nothing else.
  • The journal title is in title case (every word is capitalized), and in italics.
  • The DOI number (if using one) is in URL format, starting with


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