Cite an NIH publication in APA Style

Our template for APA style makes it easy to cite an NIH document. Many users think these should be cited as web pages but these types of documents are actually technical reports in “APA” terminology. Take a look at this document as an example:

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Our Word menu to help you format apa style

If you scroll to the bottom of the document you will see that the document has a publication number. You should cite this document by its NIH publication number rather than the web address.

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The report information at the bottom of an NIH publication

To cite this document in Word click APA, More, Technical Report and enter the publication info in the Report ID field.

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Citing an NIH document using Reference Point Software

Hint: use Ctrl-V to paste the report information into the entry form.

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