Online Health Research - Lesson 5

Introducing Your Final Project &

APA Citation Style

Final Project Overview

The Final Project for this class is an annotated bibliography, worth 25% of your overall course grade, which you will be working on over the remaining weeks of the course. The Final Project will not be due until Week 15! This week's assignment will be the first step towards creating your Final Project.

The Final Project will focus on a health-related research topic that interests you. You should have already started to develop this topic in previous assignments. The goal is to find good, high-quality sources of information on your research topic.

You are not actually writing a research paper on your topic. Instead, each source that you find will be cited using APA format (6th edition). Each source will also be annotated (summarized) in 2-3 sentences, describing how it is helpful for your research topic.

Here is an example of a successfully completed Final Project: "Diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome." This should give you a good idea of what you are working towards!

APA Citation Style

Why do we "cite" our sources?

Read this 1-page overview describing the purposes of citation:


What is APA?

"APA" stands for "American Psychological Association," and it is one of the standard formats used for citing your sources in a research paper. Another standard format you may have used for other classes is "MLA" (Modern Language Association).

Read this half-page overview: What is APA Style?

In most social science and health-related classes, you will be asked to use the APA rules for citing sources, which are established in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed. For this course, you are not required to purchase this manual. Instead, you will be using free online guides to help you with APA rules for citing your sources!

For instruction, help, and examples with citing sources in APA 6th edition format, please use these free, online resources:

  • APA List of References from Research & Documentation Online: Use the drop-down menu at the top of the page to navigate to the type of source you want to cite!
  • APA Formatting & Style Guide from Purdue Online Writing Lab: You can jump directly to the information you need by looking at the list of specific formats (articles, electronic sources) on the left side column.
  • Gavilan Library APA handout

Writing APA Citations for Basic Web Pages

For your Final Project, you will need to include an APA citation for a Web page from a .gov domain. Let's use our APA guides to figure out how to cite a basic Web page.

Below are 3 different examples of how to cite a Web page. You will notice that there are slight differences in each example! Indeed, citation rules are quite complex and are interpreted differently by different guides. For the purposes of this class, please do your best with the instructions and examples provided, and ask questions if you have them!

Here is an example of how to cite a document from a website, according to the APA List of References guide from Research & Documentation Online:

apa web page citation

example with no author

And here are the directions for citing a web page,according to the APA Formatting & Style Guide from Purdue Online Writing Lab:

apa example from owl

And here are the directions for citing web pages according to the Gavilan Library APA handout (3rd page). Note: Only include the "retrieved date" if the web page is likely to change. In most cases, you do not need a retrieved date!

web page citation gavilan handout

NOTE: The above are instructions/examples of how to cite a basic page on a website. If your source is a magazine/newspaper/journal article on the Web, it will be cited differently. Use the APA links provided to find the correct example for your source!

Finally, here is a quick guide to double-spacing and properly indenting your citations, using Microsoft Word.

Lesson 5 Assignments

To finish Lesson 5, return to our course homepage to complete the following assignment:

  • Quiz 5
  • Assignment 5
  • Lesson 5 Discussion

Note: Make sure to read all assignment instructions carefully!


Last updated on February 22, 2014