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Citation Styles

Help with different citation styles including how to format citations.

Who Should Use AMA Citation Style?

American Medical Association Style, or AMA Style, is used by some health sciences disciplines to cite medical research. 

Disciplines Using AMA Style Include But Are Not Limited to:

  • Medicine 
  • Nutrition
  • Life Sciences
  • Biomedical Informatics
  • Kinesiology and Movement Sciences

How to Use This Guide

This guide is divided into several sections. The main AMA page provides an overview of this citation style, who should use it and identifies online reference sources. The three additional sections discuss basic guidelines for using the 11th edition of AMA Style for in-text citations, basic guidelines for creating reference list entries, and examples of how different resources are formatted in AMA.

AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors

ASU Library has three electronic copies of the most recent edition — the 11th edition — available for use via the Ebook Central database. These copies can be used simultaneously.

To obtain abbreviated journal titles for reference list citations, use the NLM Catalog.

Citation styles change over time. The advent of the Internet and the increasing number at material types (web pages, e-journals, etc.) have contributed to some of these changes. When using a specific citation style, be sure to use a resource that reflects the current edition, such as the style manual.

Other Resources

Citation Management Tools - As seen on the Health Sciences at ASU Guide, this has some information on three citation managers, as well as specific instructions on setting up the Zotero manager with PubMed and CINAHL.

Purdue OWL AMA Style Quick Guide - This contains an overview of AMA style's bibliographic elements and in-text citation guidelines. One can also view examples of print sources and examples of electronic sources.

Scribbr AMA Quick Guide - This contains guidance on formatting a paper for AMA style and forming in-text citations and reference entries. 

University of Illinois Chicago AMA Style Tip Sheet - A PDF containing general AMA rules and examples of common formats for reference entries.

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