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Nursing & Allied Health

Research guide for Allied Health, ADN, BSN, and Human Services programs

Preparing for class

Nurse 102  will help you master the essential skills of nursing research; however, you will need to already know how to use the library website, and have some basic library research skills.

If you haven't yet mastered these skills, consider completing all three levels of of our Library Research Tutorials.

We also offer video tutorials for using specific databases and tools. 

APA 7th Edition Citation

If you use citation generators as a first step you will always need to carefully inspect each citation and fix any errors. Check:

  • Does the font color, size, and style match the rest of your paper?
  • Do you need to remove highlighting or other formatting?
  • Does the citation have hanging indentation?
  • Does the line spacing match the rest of your paper?
  • Are the author names correctly listed and punctuated?
  • Is the date included and correctly punctuated?
  •  For journal articles- does the article title have sentence case capitalization and the journal title have title case capitalization and italics?
  • Journal volume, issue, and page numbers should be included whenever applicable.  
  • For journal articles- is the DOI included? If so, make sure it is presented as a hyperlink. If not, present with a direct URL or as if print- do NOT use a proxied link.

Get to know APA citation guidelines well enough that you can find and correct the errors in machine generated citations.

Here are some helpful resources:

DOIs and URLs- APA Style Guidance

Sample Papers- APA Style Guidance

APA 7th Edition Handouts and Guides

Machine Generated Citation Examples

Ignoring the lack of hanging indentation, each one should have that...

Only one of these is correct. Can you spot the errors?

 

Citation generated by CINAHL Complete (EBSCO)-

Jefferies, D., McNally, S., Roberts, K., Wallace, A., Stunden, A., D’Souza, S., & Glew, P. (2018). The importance of academic literacy for undergraduate nursing students and its relationship to future professional clinical practice: A systematic review. Nurse Education Today60, 84–91. https://ezproxy.olympic.edu:2118/10.1016/j.nedt.2017.09.020

Citation generated by OneSearch-

Jefferies, D., McNally, S., Roberts, K., Wallace, A., Stunden, A., D’Souza, S., & Glew, P. (2018). The importance of academic literacy for undergraduate nursing students and its relationship to future professional clinical practice: A systematic review. Nurse Education Today60, 84–91. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2017.09.020

Citation generated by Google Scholar- 

Jefferies, D., McNally, S., Roberts, K., Wallace, A., Stunden, A., D'Souza, S., & Glew, P. (2018). The importance of academic literacy for undergraduate nursing students and its relationship to future professional clinical practice: A systematic review. Nurse Education Today60, 84-91.

Citation generated by PubMed-

Jefferies, D., McNally, S., Roberts, K., Wallace, A., Stunden, A., D'Souza, S., & Glew, P. (2018). The importance of academic literacy for undergraduate nursing students and its relationship to future professional clinical practice: A systematic review. Nurse education today60, 84–91. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nedt.2017.09.020

 

There are almost always errors, not to mention you need to double-space each line and ensure the font size, style, and color match your page.

 

APA Style 7th Edition Practice

Take the citation corresponding to the number you were assigned in class and correct it.

APA Style Reference Formatting Activity

We will review as a group and then compare our success to the correct versions on the 

APA Style Guide to Common Reference Examples

 

Understanding Systematic Reviews

Tutorials for Databases

CINAHL Complete Tutorial- Finding Evidence-Based Practice Articles in CINAHL  

CINAHL/MeSH Tutorial- Using MeSH in EBSOhost

Cochrane Library Tutorial- How to Search in the Cochrane Library

MEDLINE (EBSCOhost) Tutorial- Advanced Medical Searching

PubMed Tutorial- Find Articles on a Topic

PubMed Advanced Search Tutorial- Using the Advanced Search Builder