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APA Style Guide

Citations for Common Health Sciences Sources

A book: 

Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Location: Publisher.


American Psychological Association. (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington,

         D.C.: American Psychological Association.

A drug from Micromedex: 

Brand name of drug (commercial name). (Year, month). In Name of the tool or tab used for search. [Electronic version].

         Retrieved from Micromedex Health Care Series, SBU Libraries edition.


Advil (Ibuprofen) tablets. (2015, January). In Drug ID. [Electronic version]. Retrieved from Micromedex Health Care Series,

         SBU Libraries edition.

An image from an academic image database: 

Corporation Name. (Year). Name of Specific Image. Retrieved from Name of Image Database. 


Amirsys, Inc. (2015). Hypereosinophilic Syndrome Fig. 4. Retrieved from Amirsys Imaging Reference Center.

A patient care sheet from CareNotes:

Entry or condition: Type of notes used (language). (n.d.). Retrieved Month Day, Year, from Micromedex CareNotes System, SBU

        Libraries edition.


Influenza: Inpatient care (English). (n.d.). Retrieved November 30, 2015, from Micromedex CareNotes System, SBU Libraries


A document from an website:

Author, A. (date). Title of document. Retrieved from: http://URL

Example (document with an author):

Ericksen, K. (2015, September 28). 8 reasons why a nurse is not 'just a nurse.' Retrieved from: 

Example (organization as the author):

Southwest Baptist University. (n.d.). Bachelor of science in health sciences. Retrieved from:

An article from a government web site:

Author, A. & Author, B. (date). Title of document. Retrieved from Full Organization Name website: http://URL


Oscar-Berman, M. & Marinkovic, K. Alcoholism and the brain: An overview. Retrieved from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse

          and Alcoholism, National Institutes of Health website:

A government report:

U.S. Government Office Name. (date). Title of report. (Publication. No.) Retrieved from: http://URL


U.S. Government Accountability Office. (2012, June). Employment for people with disabilities: Little Is known about the

          effectiveness of fragmented and overlapping programs (Publication No. GAO- 12-677). Retrieved from:

Journal article: 

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number(issue number), pages. 


Ullah, S., Ajab, S., Rao, R., Raghunathan, G., & DaCosta, P. (2015). Diaphragm disease of the small intestine: An interesting case

          report. International Journal of Surgical Pathology, 23(4), 322-324. 

Article with an DOI: 

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number(issue number), pages.



Vickers, A. J. (2013). Writing up clinical research: a statistician's view. Journal of General Internal Medicine, 28(9), 1127-1129.


Newspaper article: 

Author, A. A. (Year, Month Day). Title of article. Title of Newspaper. Retrieved from: http://URL


Searcey D., Porter, E., & Gebeloff, R. (2015, February 22). Health care opens stable career path, taken mainly by women. The

          New York Times. Retrieved from:


An entry from an online dictionary/encyclopedia:

Entry name. (n.d.). In Dictionary/Encyclopedia Name online. Retrieved from: http://URL


Healthcare. (n.d.). In Oxford British and World English Dictionary online. Retrieved from:


Guidelines for additional types of sources are available on the Purdue OWL website