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Writing Guide


APA citation style is the “default” style for papers at YSN. You are advised to purchase the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. You will refer to it on many occasions not only for citation style, it is very helpful for how to write papers.

Using a Citation Manager to format APA Style

RefWorks and EndNote will assist you to organize your references and will automatically create papers and bibliography in APA style. Use of these citation managers is highly recommended. However, it is important to note that you should be familiar with APA style as sometimes there are unintentional errors in citation outputs.

The Library has an Endnote/RefWorks help pages, as well as citation management classes are offered in the Library to help you with using these programs. Contact Janene Batten to find out more about these classes.

RefWorks or Endnote?

  • RefWorks is web-based and freely available through a link on the Library website
  • Endnote is downloaded to your computer and is freely available from the Yale Software Library.

More about Citation Managers

To assist you in finding and resolving DOIs:

Academic Integrity

Writing and Publishing Tips

Writing Style Guides

The following websites give some very useful tips on the actual writing process. Students in the past have used these aids with great success.

  • Writing Lab from Purdue University Online Writing Lab (OWL)

Faculty Research Interests

If you are looking for guidance for a topic you are interested in, please refer to the Faculty Directory list which shows the research interests for each of the faculty members here at YSN.

YSN Praxes 2001- 2014

Use this RefWorks database to browse the titles and abstracts of YSN praxes from past  years. A full print copy of each praxis exists for your review. The Praxis was no longer a graduating requirement after 2014. Please request access to these from Janene Batten.