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NURS MSN NP School of Nursing Library Instruction Session Spring 2024

Library resources to support the M.S.N. Online degree program at SLU's Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing.

APA Citation Resources

Remember, the citations that can be exported from CINAHL (or any library database) may not be correct or up to date per the current APA Citation Style.   The following sources may be helpful!


You will want to use a citation manager.  EndNote is free via SLU!

  • EndNote is a citation management software that can make it easier to keep track of your research and to create properly formatted citations and bibliographies for your research projects.
  • EndNote allows you to:
    • Save references and PDFs from databases
    • Cite articles in the body of your paper in APA format
    • Create your APA formatted reference list at the end of your paper


  • Don't save EN libraries to cloud services or network drives--the EN Library may become corrupted.  Save to a local hard drive or jump drive.
  • There are 2 parts to an EN library: .enl file and .Data folder--both must be kept together!
  • Do not use EndNote to access and search databases.
  • Be careful:  EN X9,20, and 21 are not fully compatible!

For a guide to download EndNote 21 see: 

For more help with EndNote:

Update APA 7th to Full Journal Names

EndNote abbreviates journal names--APA 7th edition requires the full name.  To tell Endnote 21 to use the full names:

  • Open Tools (from EN menu bar)
  • Output Styles
  • Edit APA 7th
  • Select Journal Names
  • Click on button for "Use Full Journal Name"

Then simply close!  You will be asked if you want to save to APA 7th or to a new file.  Stick with APA 7th!