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Citation Guide: AMA

Print Books - Citation

AMA Manual 3.4; 3.12.1-2

· Include the following in Reference list:

   1. Authors' surnames and initials
   2. Chapter title (when cited)
   3. Editors' or translators' (if any) surname
       and initials (when chapter cited)
   4. Book title and subtitle (if any)
   5. Volume number and volume title (when
       there is more than 1 volume)
   6. Edition number (not necessary for 1st
   7. Place of publication
   8. Name of publisher
   9. Year
 10. Page numbers (when specific pages are


· Citation elements

   Author(s). Book Title. Edition number (if it
   is the second edition or later). City, State
   (or Country) of publisher: Publisher's name;

   copyright year.

· Entire Book

  7. Modlin J, Jenkins P. Decision Analysis in  
      Planning for a Polio Outbreak in the United
      States. San Francisco, CA: Pediatric

      Academic Society; 2004.

  8. World Health Organization. Injury: A
      Leading Cause of the Global Burden of
      Disease, 2000. Geneva, Switzerland:World
      World Health Organization; 2002.

Print Books - Editors/Translators

AMA Manual 3.12.5

· Editors

  7. Klaassen CD. Principles of toxiology and
      treatment of poisening. In: Hardman JG,
      Limbird LE, eds. Gilman AG, consluting
      ed. Goodman and Gilman's The
      Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics.
      10th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Book
      Co; 2001:67-80.

· Translators

  8. Sgreccia E. Personalist bioethics. Di
      Camillo JA, Mille MJ, trans. Philadelphia:
      The National Catholic Bioethics Center;

Chapter in a Book

AMA Manual 3.9; 3.12.4; 3.12.11

· Include the names of author(s) of a chapter
   and the editor(s) of the book even if they

   are the same person.

· In chapter titles, capitalize only:

   1. The 1st letter of the first word
   2. Proper names
   3. Abbreviations that are ordinarily

       capiticalized. e.g. DNA, EEG

· Do not use quotation marks.

· Give inclusive page numbers. e.g. 57-77.

  3. Solensky R. Drug allergy: desensitization
      and treatment of reactions to antibiotics and
      aspirin. In: Lockey P, ed. Allergens and
      Allergen Immuno-therapy. 3rd ed. New York,

      NY: Marcel Dekker; 2004:585-606.

  4. Yashiro M, Yanagawa H. Database
      construction for information on patients with
      Kawasaki disease. In: Yanagawa H,
      Nakamur Y, Yashiro M, Kawasaki T, eds.
      Epidemiology of Kawasaki Disease: A
      30-Year Achievement. Tokyo, Japan:
      Shindan-to-Chiryosha; 2004:57-77.

Theses and Dissertations

AMA Manual 3.13.4

· Include the following
   1. Author
   2. Title
   3. Description in brackets
   4. Location of the university (or institute)
   5. Name of the university
   6. Year of completion

· Put theses and dissertations titles in italics.
· Treat published dissertation as a book.

  9. Undeman C. Fully Automatic Segmentation
      of MRI Brain Images Using Probabilistic
      Diffusion and a Watershed Scale-Space
      Approach [master's thesis]. Stockholm,
      Sweden: NADA, Royal Institute of
      Technology; 2001.

Biblical & Classical Works

AMA Manual 3.13.11

· In many instances, publication information

   is not needed.

· Give the date of publication when

   available and relevant.

· Do not abbreviate the books of the Bible.

· Include name of the version parenthetically

   - if the information is provided.

· Usually refer to the Bible in the text and

   not the Reference list.

  10. Shakespeare W. A Midsummer Night's
       Dream. Act 2, scene 3, line 24. Donne J.
       Second Anniversity. Verse 243. Aristotle.
       Metaphysics. 3. 2.966b 5-8. I Corinthians
       10:6-13 (RSV).

eBooks from Internet

AMA Manual 3.4, 3.15.2

· Citation elements (entire book)

   Author(s). Book Title. Edition number (if it
   is the second edition or later). City, State
   (or Country) of publisher: Publisher's name;

   copyright year. URL. Accedded [date]

· Citation elements (chapter in a book)

   Author(s). Chapter title. In: Editor(s). Book
   Title. [Edition number for 2nd edition or
   later] ed. City, State (or country) of
   publisher: Publisher's name; copyright
   year:inclusive pages. URL: [provide URL].

   Accessed [date].

· Book from Internet

    4. Resnick NM. Geriatric medicine. In:  
        Braunwald E, Fauci AS, Isselbacher KJ,
        et al, eds. Harrison's Online. Based on:
        Braunwald E, Hauser SL, Fauci AS,
        Kasper DL, Longo DL, Jameson JL, eds.
        Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine.
        15th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill;
        2001. htttp://
        Accessed  December 6, 2005.