Note: The information below is for use with APA 6th and EndNote X8. Earlier versions of EndNote may differ.
APA is a complicated style and EndNote requires some manipulation to get the APA references to appear correctly, particularly when it comes to Electronic material. Below are some guidelines on how to get the APA format correct.
1) ELECTRONIC JOURNAL ARTICLES
Article with a DOI
Use the Journal Article or Electronic Article reference type.
If there is a DOI (Digital object identifier) you need to use this. If downloading from a database the DOI may download into the wrong field. If it does, you need to cut and paste it into the DOI field. Only copy the number string as EndNote will add doi to your reference.
There is no need to put in a retrieved date.
Article with no DOI
Use the Electronic Article reference type.
If you are citing an electronic journal article that is from a Web-only journal, or from a website that does not have a DOI, you need to add the web address of the home page of the journal to the URL field. This will automatically generate the required retrieval note.
If the article comes from a database and does not have a DOI you will have to search for the website of the publisher of that article and use the homepage of the journal in the URL field.
2) ELECTRONIC BOOKS
Note: If both DOI and URL are available, just retain the DOI and omit the URL.
Electronic books with authors use the 'Electronic Book' reference type. If the item has a DOI put it in the DOI field. If it is taken from the web put the web address of the book. If it has come from a Library database put the database name in the URL field ie EBL database.
Electronic books with editors use 'Edited Book' reference type. If the item has a DOI put it in the DOI field. If it is taken from the web put the web address of the book. If it has come from a Library database put the database name in the URL field ie EBL database.
Electronic chapter of books use 'Book Section' reference type. If the item has a DOI put it in the DOI field. If it is taken from the web put the web address of the book. If it has come from a Library database put database name in the URL field ie EBL database.
3) CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS
Article published in an edited book (this is the most commonly cited type of conference paper): use 'Book Section' as the reference type.
Unpublished contribution to a symposium: use Conference Papers reference type.
Articles published in a journal or journal supplement : use Journal Article reference type.
Use 'Blog' as the reference type but remember to put the medium type, ie Web log post or Web log comment into the Description field.
5) PRESS RELEASES
Most Press releases are obtained in an electronic format. Use Web Page as the reference type. Under Type of Medium field enter Press Release and also fill in the day of the press release in the last Update Date field ie, October 13.
6) PERSONAL COMMUNICATIONS
Phone calls, letters and emails should not be included in the final reference list according to APA guidelines. Cite them only in the text itself in parenthesis. (See page 179 of Publication manual of the American Psychological Association 6th ed., for more information).
7) INSERTING AN AUTHOR SUFFIX
If an author has a suffix such as junior or III after their surname APA requires this information to be included in the reference.