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NURS 2260 -- Children/Families -- Evidence-Based APA Article Assignment: Home

This guide supplements library instruction for the Evidence-Based APA Article Assignment required in NURS 2260.

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What do we mean by evidence-based?

Evidence based medicine is the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. The practice of evidence based medicine means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research. By individual clinical expertise we mean the proficiency and judgment that individual clinicians acquire through clinical experience and clinical practice. Increased expertise is reflected in many ways, but especially in more effective and efficient diagnosis and in the more thoughtful identification and compassionate use of individual patients' predicaments, rights, and preferences in making clinical decisions about their care.

Sackett, D. L., Rosenberg, W. M., Gray, J. A., Haynes, R. B., & Richardson, W. S. (1996). Evidence based medicine: What it is and

what it isn’t. BMJ, 312(7023), 71–72.

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How to Cite Articles Retrieved from Databases or the Web:

Articles retrieved from databases or the web are cited in 3 different ways. If the article has a DOI (digital object identifier) then use the first example below. However, if the article is found on the web and no DOI is assigned, then follow the second example. Finally, if the article is retrieved from a subscription database and no DOI is assigned, use the third example.

Culver, J. L., Arnow, B. A., & Ketter, T. A.. (2007). Bipolar disorder: Improving diagnosis and optimizing integrated care. Journal of

Clinical Psychology,63(1), 72-93. doi:10.1002/jclp.20333


Silva, R.R., Matzner, F., Diaz, J., Singh, S., & Dummit III, E.S. (1999). Bipolar disorder in children and adolescents: A guide to

diagnosis and treatment. CNS Drugs,12(6), 437-450.  Retrieved from


Hauser, M. U. (2013). The significance of at-risk or prodromal symptoms for bipolar I disorder in children and adolescents. Canadian

Journal of Psychiatry, 58(1), 22-31. Retrieved from Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection.


Additional Resource on APA Style:

APA at the OWL
APA--Reference List: Electronic Sources (Web Publications)
This resource contains detailed info on how to cite articles found on the web or in databases in the APA style.


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