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Nursing and Health: APA Citation

New APA: APA 7th

Good news, APA has been updated! Depending on which class you take, you may be asked to use APA 6th or 7th. If you are not sure which style to use, consult with your instructor. While we construct our new guide to support the latest version of APA, please refer to this guide created by librarians at Indian River State College for APA 7th.

Some of the big changes include punctuation, pronoun usage, inclusive language, and author citations. As always, the writing tutors can assist with citation styles.

Changes from APA 6th Edition to APA 7th Edition

Old Way (APA 6th Edition)

New Way (APA 7th Edition)


The running head for the title page is different than the running head for subsequent pages

The running head rules are “simplified,” and running heads are not required for student papers

The title page has only three elements The title page has expanded to include the professor's name, the course number, course name, department, and date

A pronoun should reflect the same number as the noun it replaces

The use of the singular “they” is endorsed

Type "Retrieved from" before copying and pasting a URL in your end references The use of "Retrieved from" before a URL is no longer needed

The first in-text citation mentions up to five authors


The first in-text citation of a work by more than two authors may list only the first author, followed by “et al.”

The reference section lists seven authors of a single work

The reference section lists up to 20 authors for a single work

Book references disclosed publisher location

Book references omit publisher location

Two spaces after a period to end a sentence is acceptable

Use one space after a period, unless otherwise directed

Clatsop Community College APA 6th Edition Resources

If you need assistance with APA writing and citation, the Writing Tutors in the Learning Commons on the third floor of the Library can assist you. They're here every weekday and are happy to help. Our APA Basics Guide covers quite a bit of information. We also have

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