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NURS 5205 Evidence Based Practice for the Advanced Generalist Nurse Spring 2023

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 and 20 are not fully compatible!

For more help with EndNote:

Download EndNote

  • Downloading EndNote 
    • Close ALL programs, particularly MS Office and Google Dashboard resources. If you have been using a personal Google and/or Office 365 account, you may want to clear your cache and cookies.
    • Use Chrome or Firefox (Do Not use Safari when working with EndNote!)
    • Log into Okta and open Google Dashboard
    • Go to the ITS Software download site: and follow the link for EndNote.
    • Download the EndNote file and Save that EndNote file/folder to your computer.

    • Extract, if needed

    • Click on the EN20Inst.msi file to install the program.  This should open the EN Installer which will walk you through the installation process. When it asks for Typical or Custom installation, select Typical.

    • If during the installation it asks for a product key, an error has occurred and you need to start over with Downloading, Saving, and Extracting the .zip file. There is no product key for SLU.

APA 7th With Full Journal Names

To edit a style:

  • In EndNote, go to the Tools menu.
  • Go to Output Styles and select Open Style Manager.
  • Locate the style you wish to edit and click to highlight it.
  • Click on the Edit button.
  • Select the part of the style you wish to edit from the menu on the left, such as:
  • Edit as necessary in the right hand pane.
  • APA 7th
  • EDIT
  • Journal Names
  • Use Full Journal Name
  • Close the style and you will be prompted to save it. You are advised to save a copy with a different title so you retain the original styles.

Update PubMed Journal Names

  •  Set preferences and clear any existing journal terms
    • Open the EndNote Library.
    • For PC users, go to EndNote Preferences under Edit and choose Term List. For Mac users, go to Preferences from the EndNote menu and choose Term List.
    • Uncheck the bottom two boxes.
    • Go to Library, open Term List, select Journal Term List.
    • Make sure you are on the Terms tab. Select/highlight all the terms, and Delete.
  • Import journal terms list
    • Open the EndNote Library.
    • Go to Library, Define Term List, select Journals (Make sure you are on the List tab).
    • Click Import List.
    • Navigate to EndNote program file: C:\Program Files\EndNote (EndNote Version Number)\Term Lists. Select the relevant discipline (e.g., BioScience or Medical) and click Open.
    • You will have to repeat this steps if you want to import more than one list.
  • Double check journal terms list
    • Open the EndNote Library.
    • Go to Library, open Term List, and check to see if the journal full title, abbreviation 1, abbreviation 2  are correct.
    • If errors are found, highlight the journal, click Edit Term..., and make necessary corrections. 


  • Make sure you are in All References (select a record in that set) 
  • In EndNote 20, go to Library > Find Duplicates (in previous versions, go to  References > Find Duplicates) 
  • Ignore the screen comparing records individually > Click Cancel  Suggested duplicates will remain highlighted. Be careful before clicking on a  record as all the highlighting will be removed and your duplicates will no longer  be identified with highlights: 
  • Hold down the Ctrl key on a PC or the Cmd key on a  Mac when deselecting records:  Visually scan duplicates if necessary and deselect records that are not  true duplicates, i.e., remove highlighting of records that aren’t actual  duplicates by holding down the Ctrl key on a PC or the Cmd key on a Mac  and by clicking on a particular record to deselect a record that is not a  true duplicate
  • Press delete on a PC to move all remaining highlighted references to the trash, or  drag the highlighted records to the trash