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APA (6th Edition) for Nursing and Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences: Reference List

Information about the 6th Edition of the APA Publication Manual


This subject guide provides information about the 6th edition of the APA Publication Manual. Information about the 7th edition of the APA Publication Manual may be found on a separate subject guide, linked below.


  • The reference list provides a list of all sources used in the paper; sources are listed alphabetically.
  • The reference list is double spaced and uses a hanging indent.
  • Author names are inverted in the reference list (for example, Grabowsky, A. B.).
  • If a source is written by more than one author, the authors' names appear in the reference entry in the order in which they appear on the article's first page.

Where to find information on:

All page numbers refer to the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

Order of References - page 181--183

Authors- page 184

Editors - page 184

Dates - page 185

Titles - page 185-187

Doi's - page 187-192

Commonly used examples

All page numbers refer to the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

Journal Articles - examples 1-5, pages 198 & 199

  • see example 2, page 198 for articles with more than 7 authors
  • Note that in a reference entry, the journal title and the volume number are italicized, however, the issue number is not italicized. So for example, The American Journal of Nursing, 24(3), 34-38.

Books and Book Chapters - examples 18-30, pages 202-205

  • If you use only 1 or 2 chapters of a book, you generally cite the chapter (see sample citations on bottom of page 202). You generally cite an entire book only if you read the entire book for your paper.
  • If there are no editors (in other words, the same person/peoples wrote all the chapters in the book), you still list the chapter title and book title but you leave off the editors' names. For example, if you are citing a chapter entitled Skin Disorders on pages 141-157 of Gould’s Pathophysiology for the Health Professions, you would cite it like this: (note that example only reflects content of citation, an actual citation should be double spaced with a hanging indent.)
  • VanMeter, K. C. & Hubert, R. J. (2014). Skin disorders. In Gould’s pathophysiology for the health professions. (5th ed., pp. 141-157). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.

Technical and Research Reports - examples 31-35, pages 205 & 206

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