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NUR 415: Community Health Nursing: APA format

APA help

The ultimate source for help with APA format is the Publication manual of the American psychological association (6th ed.). Below is a link to the APA website that has quick answers to common questions about APA.

Another excellent online help site is the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University. 

Setting the Running head and paragraph spacing in MS Word

Watch the first screencast and learn how to set up the Running head in your papers. The second screencast shows you how to change the font and also how to change the line spacing between paragraphs. APA papers must be evenly double spaced but MS Word's default setting is to add an extra line between paragraphs. 

You must give credit where credit is due.

Research and writing are a large component of your ASAP program, so it is important to credit other authors' ideas that you use in your papers/projects. It is considered plagiarism if you do not give credit to others. You must document the information sources that you use in your papers.

Documenting an information source means recording necessary information so that another person (such as your instructor) can locate the source you have used for your paper. Necessary information include things such as author, title, date, page number, URL, name of research database, etc. This information is then inserted into your paper as parenthetical citations and as a reference entries in your bibliography at the end of your paper. This is also called citing your sources. In the ASAP program, you follow APA (American Psychological Association) style for documentation.


This citation generating site is from the Hekman Library at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Like Citation Machine, KnightCite is very easy to use, however, unlike Citation Machine, KnightCite doesn't have those annoying pop up ads and advertisements. On the home page of KnightCite, you select APA from the 3 citation styles, then select the type of information resource. Fill in the blanks and generate your citation.

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