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NUR 425: Nursing Leadership: APA format

Avoiding plagiarism

It is critical to document other authors' ideas that you use in your papers/projects. It is considered plagiarism if you fail to give credit to others.

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. This information is then inserted into your paper as in-text citations and as a list of references at the end of your paper. Keuka College follows the APA (American Psychological Association) style for documentation.

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.

The best online help site is the Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University. 

Citations from EBSCO and other databases

EBSCO, Proquest and the other databases generate the citations for you. If you e-mail the article to yourself, you can also e-mail the APA citation. This article is from EBSCO; note the vertical tool bar on the right. Circled are the envelope icon and the cite icon. Click on the envelope to e-mail yourself the article and citation. Click on the cite icon to get the APA citation.

It is important to look critically at the citation. Sometimes the capitalization is incorrect. You will have to change the line spacing and font size, plus indent the second line.

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