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Dental Hygiene (BSDH): Cite Your Resources

APA Resources

Most assignments will require using American Psychological Association (APA) Style of writing and citations. Due to how important this topic is to your studies, we created a separate Research Guide just for APA formatting:

NLM Resources

Another format that some assignments will require for citations is the National Library of Medicine (NLM) format. The National Library of Medicine is a government agency that is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), under the Department of Health and Human Services. The link below is to their citation page, however the entire site has further links to helpful information and government publications.

Evaluating Websites

What's in a name? The domain name (main part of the website) includes the registered website title and a period followed by a three character extension. These extensions can provide insight into the credibility of the website:


  • .gov -  site is run by a governmental organization.
  • .edu - site is run by an educational institution.
  • .org - site is run by a non-profit organization. Beware that any type of "non-profit" organization can acquire these domain name extensions.
  • .com - site is run by a company or a corporation.  The content may be designed by an educational institution, but the site itself is run by a commercial company.

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