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Online/Distance Learning Library Orientation: APA Citation Help

This guide is intended for students enrolled in an online nursing program at PNW.

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association



The APA Style home page is an outstanding resource. Click on the APA Style logo on the right and then look for
the "Style and Grammar Guidelines" tab. You'll find easy-to-follow instructions for all your APA formatting questions.

Here are some other useful links:

The Writing Center at Purdue Northwest

The Writing Center at Purdue University Northwest provides a wide range of services, including APA help.  You can reach the Writing Center by phone at (219) 989-2200 or e-mail at Learn more about the Writing Center


The Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL) offers additional guidelines on APA style rules. There are some inaccuracies on the PurdueOWL so check your course syllabus and the APA Manual for more information.

View the PurdueOWL's resources on APA here.


APA style rules requires electronic sources, including articles from online journals, to be properly cited.  Go to Chapter 6 of the APA Manual to see what information should be included when you compile your reference list. Note: what is a DOI?

What is the rule for citing articles from an online journal/periodical when the DOI is not available? 

You can also visit the PurdueOwl page on APA rules for citing electronic sources in reference lists at

Library Liaison for Nursing Students & Faculty

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Marcia Keith
Student Union & Library Building: Rm 203-B
Subjects: Health, Nursing

About the Library

The library offers a wide range of online resources, including databases with various journals from which to choose articles and research studies.

To access your Library resources, please visit the homepage

Please consult your Library Liaison directly for research assistance.

If your Librarian is unavailable, please contact the Library's Reference desk at (219) 989-2676 or click on the CHAT WITH A LIBRARIAN link below to submit a question or see answers to frequently asked questions.

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