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Nursing Research Guide: Citations & References

FAU Libraries Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute subject guide for Nursing Research


Keeping track of all your sources can be a daunting task.  The links on this page will help you to format your citations and references properly.


Center for Writing Excellence

The University’s Writing Center (WC) is devoted to supporting and promoting academic and professional writing for all members of the FAU community, including undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty, and visiting scholars. 

The Writing Center will give online assistance or you may visit one of four campuses for  personalized instruction.

Style Manuals: APA, CSE, and MLA

Citations and references in APA (American Psychological Association) format are most commonly used for papers in many HBOI science and nursing courses. The Publication Manual of the APA can be found in the HBOI Library.

American Psychological Association. (2020). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. (7th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
BF76.7 .P83 2020

Additional Style Manuals

The Council of Science Editors. (2014).  Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers (8th ed.).  Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.

      T11 .S386 2014

Association of America, Modern Language.  (2016).  MLA handbook for writers of research papers.  (8th ed.).  New York:  The Modern Language Association of America.

       LB2369 .G53 2016


Citation Generators

RefWorks is one of the FAU software programs for citation generation. However, the following open source citation tools are also available.

It is highly recommended that you verify the accuracy of any citations produced by these tools using an official style manual.  

Menedley is a free reference manager and an academic social network.  You will need to download this program to your desktop after registering.

BibMe is a free online citation creator that will store more than one citation at a time. It is user-friendly and allows you to search their database for your resource. Select the resource and the citation style, then a citation will be created automatically.

Noodlebib Express is a free online tool that creates only one citation at a time based on information you provide.


EndNote Training and Video Tutorials

EndNote is a reference management software program made available in limited form through the FAU Libraries subscription to the Web of Science database.  Live training in the use of EndNote is available via WebEx and aims to address the needs of beginners and advanced users.  They also schedule open Q&A sessions. 

Visit their training calendar at

Archived EndNote tutorials are available from their YouTube channel at

Creating an APA Research Paper