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NURS5205 Evidence Based Practice for the Advanced Generalist Nurse Spring 2024

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 more help with EndNote:

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.