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Public Health: Citing and Writing

A guide to finding online resources for public health research

Citing Your Sources

Check our pages on avoiding plagiarism and citations and bibliographies

If you're not sure which citation format to use, please check with your instructor.

The usual styles in the Health Sciences are APA and AMA. 


  • (from the American Psychological Association, contains all aspects of APA Style)

  • Purdue OWL, Purdue University pages for citation formats.


Style Format for the Paper Outline (headings, etc.)

These sources come from the APA website. 

APA Style Sources-Tips on Tricky Ones

Citing resources (not journal articles):

Citations for Health Sciences

This tutorial was created when I worked at Temple University. It was a collaborative effort with the Instruction Coordinator. You will see contact information that does not apply to Northeastern students but the tutorial itself is relevant to anyone citing in APA style.

Writing Assistance

For help with writing projects, Northeastern's Writing Center has services.  Check their site for appointment scheduling, walk-in service or other options for support. 

Adding citations to a citation/reference manager

  • When in a database and saving articles, look for the button to "download" or "export" your citations. This may be called something like "Bibliographic Citation Manager."
    • In some of the Temple subscriptions the choice for RefWorks is already selected.
  • Save and sort all of your citations in folders with identifying labels.
  • You can manually add other citations you may have directly into a citation manager.
  • You can select citations to create a bibliography and have it formatted automatically in the style of your choice.
    • You can easily enter in-text citations as you type your paper using the Word addon/plugin provided by the program.
      • Note: You have to either download or connect this to your word program first. 
  • Share your citations and bibliographies easily with the share options.

Citation management workshops

Learn how a citation management tool can make your research life easier.

View recordings of past webinars on our Training page.

See how citation management software can help your create your bibliography and keep track of your references in this 40 second video.

Note: Librarians at Snell have created tutorials for setting up shortcuts for exporting to EndNote (Instructions for Mac and for PC).

Writing-Literature Reviews, Annotated Bibliographiies

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