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Nursing Research: Cite Your Sources

What is a style guide?

Style guides provide instructions for formatting papers and for constructing bibliographic citations (references) used in footnotes and bibliographies.


There are many style guides in use today. They tend to be discipline specific. Typically, nursing and health sciences students will use either "APA style" or "AMA style" when writing papers and when formulating bibliographic citations for papers or literature reviews.


Check with your instructors to find out which style guide you should use.

Help From the Writing Center

UCCS Writing Center

Excel Centers: The Centers for Excellence

The Writing Center consultants will help with formatting and citing sources according to APA, MLA, and Chicago style rules online or in person. Check their website for hours and other services.

Other Bibliographic Management Tools

Bibliographic management tools or citation managers:  These are software applications that will help you collect and organize your references and format your papers including your citations (references) according to the style manual you choose.

Some of these tools you must purchase, but some, like the ones listed below, are available for free. The library supports RefWorks, and most librarians will not know much about the tools below. The support we can provide for them is limited. 


Students at UCCS have access to RefWorks, an online citation management tool that you can use to:

• collect and organize references (for example, journal article citations)

• share references with others (a nice feature if you’re doing group projects)

• format references (for example, put them in APA or AMA, etc. format).

                                       Click here to watch RefWorks tutorials on YouTube

APA Style

There are always copies of the APA manual in the Reference section and on reserve behind the circulation desk. You can also find online examples of how to cite sources in this style:

AMA - American Medical Association Manual of Style