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AMA Style Guide

Use AMA Style (American Medical Association Style) to format papers.

AMA Style Guide

The 10th edition of the American Medical Association Manual of Style online contains everything medical and scientific researchers, writers, and editors need to produce well-organized, clear, readable, and authoritative manuscripts. 

The Library has access to the full online manual.  With this interactive edition, users can annotate their online manuals, bookmark, prepare style sheets, and save searches. The next edition is planned for 2017.

When to cite

You need to cite when:

  • using a direct quotation, even if it is in quotation marks
  • using facts that are not common knowledge (what the reader can reasonably be expected to know)
  • paraphrasing or rewriting the author’s ideas
  • summarizing the data or argument of an author
  • using the key words or phrases of the author or using synonyms
  • mentioning the author’s name in your text
  • writing a sentence that mostly consists of your own thoughts, but makes a reference to another author’s ideas

 When in doubt, err on the side of caution, and cite. 

Please note: Some browsers may show italicized text as underlined. When preparing bibliographies based on any of the formats addressed by this series, italics are specified, and should be used. 

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