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Literature Review, Thesis, and Dissertation Resources

The draft Guidelines include 4 styles, one of which should be used in the literature review, master's thesis or dissertation.  For more information on each of the styles, click on the links below:

Similarities Among the 4 Styles:

  • List articles in alphabetical order by the last name of the first author under References. 
  • Author names are in bold font, separated by commas, with no periods after the initials except after the final name. 
  • Article title is in regular font, not italicized.
  • Journal title is in italic font, abbreviated, but with no periods except at the end of the title.
  • Use accepted Index Medicus abbreviations of journal names (search Journals in NCBI Databases from the PubMed home page).
  • No month or issue # is used unless there is no volume # or if each issue begins with page number one.

Differences Among the 4 Styles:

  • Style 1 is the only style that uses numbers for in-text citations. They are not superscript, like AMA. Articles are not listed in the reference list by order of occurrence, but by alphabetical designation.
  • Styles 2-4 use author name and date for in-text citations. 
  • Styles 1 and 2 use a numbered reference list. Styles 3 and 4 do not.
  • In Styles 2-4, with articles with two authors, list both names in in-text citations with an and between them. Articles with 3 or more authors use et al. in italics in in-text citations (even the first time they are mentioned). 
  • Styles 1-3 list the year - semicolon - volume - colon - inclusive pages - period, after the journal title. Style 4 lists the year of publication immediately following the last author’s name in the reference list, rather than following the journal title.

For more information, see Guidelines for Preparing the Master's Literature Review, the Master’s Thesis & the Doctoral Dissertation, the official text that provides information about the requirements of the Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences, and the American Medical Association Manual of Style 10th edition (also available on Reserve in the Health Sciences Library, Call # WZ 345 A511 2007).

There are 2 ways to access NYMC dissertations, Master’s theses or literature reviews:

  1. Use the library catalog, NYMCat, linked from the library homepage. Select Advanced Search. Change the index labeled “Keyword” to “Subject”. Type "dissertations, academic" in the search box.
  2. In the second search box type “new york medical college”.
  3. To narrow results further you can try using the name of the school or department in a third search box, but keep in mind that these names have changed over the years and not all theses are indexed with them. You may also add a topic search term, either as a subject search or the default keyword search.


  1. Some theses are available electronically. To search for these only, use "dissertations, electronic" as the subject phrase.
  2. The Reference collection holds binders of thesis title pages that you may browse. The title page gives the title and author name. 
    • Note: Theses cannot be removed from the library, but may be scanned or copied. Theses are shelved in closed stacks. To see print copies, provide author and title information at the Access Services Desk or call (914) 594-4200 to arrange to email this information ahead of time, so that theses will be waiting for you. 

Basic Criteria:

  • Authorship/sponsorship
  • Credibility, context or setting
  • Currency
  • Disclosure
  • Audience
  • Accessibility, design, ease of use
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