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AMA stands for the American Medical Association. Authors, editors, and publishers in medical, health, and scientific fields must use AMA Style as the standard format for documenting sources related to their research findings.
The AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (11th ed.) is the official document to use to give credit to all the authors and editors and avoid plagiarism.
Here are all the principles to follow when referencing books and writing in-text citations in AMA Style.
There are different rules to follow when creating AMA reference entries, depending on the type of book you’re citing.
When referencing an entire printed book or a specific page or section, use the following format:
#. Author’s Last Name and Initial(s). (If there are up to six authors, list them all. Otherwise, list the first three and use “et al.”) Book Title: Subtitle, if any. Volume Number and Volume Title (if there’s more than one volume). Edition Number (don’t indicate first editions). Place of Publication: Publisher; Publication Year: Page or Page Range (without space after the colon).
If there are editors and/or translators, use “ed.” for one editor, “eds.” for multiple editors, and “trans.” for any number of translators.
When referencing a book chapter, use this format:
#. Chapter Author(s). Chapter title. In: Book Author(s) or Editor(s)/Translator(s). Book Title. Place of Publication: Publisher; Publication Year: Page or Page Range.
When referencing an online book in AMA Style, use the same format for citing a printed book but include the URL and the date you accessed it.
Referencing a chapter is similar to printed books as well.
6. Levitzky MG. The respiratory system under stress. In: Levitzky MG, ed. Pulmonary Physiology. 9th ed. The United States: McGraw-Hill Education; 2017. Accessed December 18, 2021.
When writing in-text citations in AMA Style, follow these rules:
Don’t use a superscript reference immediately after a number. For instance, instead of writing “These two studies included 142 and 203 patients, respectively,” write “These two studies included 14 patients2 and 203 patients, respectively.”
Following all the AMA book citation requirements can be daunting, especially when you’re strapped for time. However, properly citing your sources is crucial for avoiding plagiarism.
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