Mount Carmel Health Sciences Library

APA Primer

Welcome to Mount Carmel HSL's APA Primer, your online guide to formatting reference lists and in-text citations in APA format.

The following sections are designed to help you with specific questions about formatting citations in your papers.

Select the section that best describes your citation. For example, if you retrieved an article from an electronic database select "Electronic Sources" and then select "Article from an Electronic Database" from the list of examples.

You may exit the modules at any time and return if you need additional assistance.

  1. Books
  2. Articles
  3. Electronic Sources

If you need help using the new edition of the APA Manual, please refer to Sherry Hull's APA Manual Help Pages — 6th Edition.

In addition, if you are an MCCN student you are encouraged to take advantage of MCCN's Academic Support Services. Amanda Page, MFA, is available to help you with writing and English skills, including APA formatting. E-mail Amanda at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or call her at (614) 234-1683.

Useful Resources

Please keep in mind that the current edition of the APA Manual and your instructor have the final say. Bring the APA Manual and print outs from the APA Style Blog or OWL when you ask your instructor for clarification.