Nursing and Health Services - South Bend-Elkhart


Write and Cite 
All coursework for the nursing and allied health programs must be written in APA style.  Below are links to OWL, the Online Writing Lab at Purdue University, where you can find examples and guidance for formatting papers and creating citations for different types of materials (books, articles, webpages, etc.) in each style.  


The Purdue OWL page provides instructions for citing books, articles, electronic sources, and more.  See the column on the left of their page for a list of citation forms for different types of materials. 

APA Sample Paper. Here is a sample paper in APA style. Look it over closely and use the same formatting for your paper.  Consult your professor about elements that are required for the assignment.  

APA In-text Citations  Instructions for formatting in-text citations for short and long quotations, as well as paraphrasing and summaries.


"The APA Style Blog is the official companion to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, Sixth Edition. It's run by a group of experts who work with APA Style every day." from the APA Style Blog About page.



1. Open Word, type apa in the search box, then press ENTER on your keyboard.






3. Double-click the top of the paper to open the header (1).  Click on SHORTEN TITLE (2) to highlight that section.



4. Press CAPS LOCK on your keyboard and enter the title of your paper.  To close the header, either double-click in the header (1) or click the CLOSE HEADER box (2).


5.  Click ADD TITLE HERE and enter the title of your paper.  The text should be typed normally, not in all capital letters.


6. Enter your name.



7. Enter the name of your college.



8. Delete everything in the document below your college name, from the title page...



9. the bottom of page 8.



10. Now you have just the title page and are ready to start typing your paper.



1. When you paste the citation into your document, a box will appear.  Under PASTE OPTIONS, select the third icon.

2. Edit the citation (you will need to italicize the title of the book or journal).


3. HANGING INDENT: highlight citation


4. Click on line spacing icon in menu (1) and select LINE SPACING OPTIONS (2).

5. Click the dropdown menu marked SPECIAL (1) and select HANGING INDENT (2).


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