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Citing Your Sources - AMA Style

Getting Started

This guide is intended to serve as a quick-reference for AMA-style citation formatting. For more information on AMA style, please consult the AMA Manual of Style (10th edition).


Much of the content and examples found in this guide come directly from the AMA Manual of Style (10th ed.).

When to Cite a Source

Whenever you quote, paraphrase, or summarize the findings or ideas of others, you need to attribute that information to the original author(s) it came from. Failure to do so is considered plagiarism.

What you don't have to cite are your own experiences, thoughts, or results of your own experiments. You also don't have to cite common knowledge such as myths, legends, historical events, or things that would be considered basic common knowledge.

By citing a source, you are implying to the reader that you have READ that source. Never cite a source that you have not read.

In-Text vs. Reference List Citations

Like any citation style, AMA consists of two citation components: in-text citations and reference list citations. In-text citations appears within the text of your work itself and are used to tell the reader when you are reporting or drawing upon thoughts/findings presented in other sources. The reference list appears at the end of your paper and will include a full citation listing of all of the sources you referenced in the text of your paper.

Continue on to the next section to read more about in-text citations using AMA style.