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Surgical Technology Program: APA Citation Help

American Psychological Association Citation Style

The American Psychological Association or APA style of citation should be used for all surgical technology papers.  The information on this page explains how to cite in APA style as well as the general rules for papers in APA format. 

What is a Citation?

All citations must be in APA style.

A citation is a reference that gives a reader information about a source.

It generally includes the author, title of the work or journal, title of the article, volume and issue number and date.

Digital articles often include a DOI number, or digital object identifier. This is the permanent link to an online article.

There are several citation styles used by academics. Nurses generally use APA format.

APA stands for American Psychological Association. Their standards for citation may be found in the Publication Manual of the APA. Check out the links below for more help and information about APA style.


APA Citation Help

When citing articles, use APA (American Psychological Association) format. Here are some links to help you.

Librarians will help you with your citations. Go to the Information Commons Help Desks or use the "Ask a Librarian" links.

Formats may be found in the APA Style manual or at the websites below.

Citations from the Databases

Most of the databases now provide citations for articles. You must locate the tools box and look for the link to cite or citation tools.

This is the tool box for all EBSCO databases such as Academic Search Complete and CINAHL. Once you click on the Cite link, you will be given all possible citation formats for the article. Select APA, copy and paste the citation into your works cited page. Be sure to check that titles are capitalized and formats are correct.


This image from Gale databases such as Health Center Academic, General Onefile  or Academic Onefile shows the link for citation tools

 Once you click on the link, you will be given several choices.  Select APA 6th edition and then choose Select. Copy and paste this citation into your works cited page or Export.  Make sure it is correct. All words in the title of the article must be capitalized. Once you have all your citations, make sure they are in alphabetical order by the authors' last names.