Use this template to cite an entire book, pamphlet, or report. Also, use this template to cite part of a book or encyclopedia, such as an article, chapter, essay, play, poem, or short story. This applies to all formats: print, audio, online, or e-book.
Example – e-book, downloaded to a device
Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. E-book, HarperCollins, 2014.
Example – book, 3 authors, edition
Reilly, Mary Jo, et al. Mexico. 3rd ed., Marshall Cavendish Benchmark, 2012.
Example – poem in a book, 1 author
Medina, Pablo. "The Secret." Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States, Holt, 1994, p. 48.
Example – article in an encyclopedia, library database, no author, 2 editors, no pages listed
"Eating Disorders." UXL Encyclopedia of Science, edited by Amy Hackney Blackwell and Elizabeth Manar, 3rd ed., UXL, 2015. Student Resources in Context, link.galegroup.com/apps/doc/CV2644300374/SUIC?u=port&xid=6c46c891.
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How to create AMA citations
To create in-text citations in the AMA style, you just need to include a number in superscript where the source is relevant. Often, a citation is shown with a quote or at the end of the sentence where the source has contributed. The numbers used should be in chronological order from the beginning of the paper to the end.
The number shown within the text allows the reader to find the full reference in the reference list at the end of the paper. Therefore, the full references should always start with the citation number and be presented in order of appearance within the text.
Different source types require different information to help the reader find the original source, therefore there are a few variations of AMA formatting. For example, an AMA book citation should be formatted differently to an AMA website citation.
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