How to Cite Sources in Nursing Papers

Citing sources is an essential part of any nursing paper. It shows that you have done your research and that you are using credible sources to support your arguments. There are many different citation styles, but the most common style used in nursing is the American Psychological Association (APA) style.

What is APA Style?

APA style is a set of guidelines for formatting and citing sources in academic papers. It is used in a variety of disciplines, including nursing, psychology, and sociology. APA style is based on the following principles:

  • Clarity and consistency: APA style aims to make papers easy to read and understand.
  • Accuracy and completeness: APA style ensures that all sources are cited accurately and completely.
  • Transparency: APA style allows readers to easily track the origins of information.

How to Cite Sources in APA Style

There are two main ways to cite sources in APA style:

  • In-text citations: In-text citations are used to identify the source of information in the body of your paper.
  • Reference list: The reference list is a list of all the sources you have cited in your paper.

In-text citations

In-text citations are used to identify the source of information when you are quoting or paraphrasing someone else’s work. There are two main ways to do this:

  • Author-date method: The author-date method is the most common way to cite sources in APA style. To use the author-date method, you simply include the author’s last name and the year of publication in parentheses after the quotation or paraphrase. For example, if you are quoting a study by Smith (2018), you would write “Smith (2018) found that…”
  • Number system method: The number system method is a less common way to cite sources in APA style. To use the number system method, you assign a unique number to each source you cite in your paper. Then, you refer to these numbers in your in-text citations instead of the author’s name and year of publication.

Reference list

The reference list is a list of all the sources you have cited in your paper. It should be organized alphabetically by the authors’ last names. Here is an example of how to format a reference list entry for a journal article:

Smith, J. (2018). The effects of exercise on anxiety. Journal of Nursing Research, 26(3), 223-232.

Facts and Figures About Nursing Papers

  • According to a study published in the Journal of Nursing Education, nurses who cite sources in their papers are more likely to get their papers published in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Another study, published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing, found that nursing papers that are well-cited are more likely to be cited by other researchers.
  • A third study, published in the American Journal of Nursing, found that nursing papers that are properly cited can help to improve patient care.

Sources

  • American Psychological Association (2020). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7th ed.). American Psychological Association.
  • Carper, J. A. (2004). Basics of Nursing Research. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Polit, D. F., Beck, C. T., & Hungler, B. P. (2012). Nursing Research: Principles and Methods (8th ed.). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Ruland, C. M., & Evans, D. G. (2005). Critical Thinking in Nursing: A Practical Approach. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

I hope this article helps you to cite sources in your nursing papers.

Sources

  1. www.canberra.edu.au/unit/10200/1/2021