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AMA Style Guide: Introduction

Introduction to AMA Style

The American Medical Association (AMA) style was created by the editors of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), and is a widely used citation style in the health sciences. This guide will explain how to format your references into AMA, which is also referred to as JAMA style.

For more in-depth information on AMA, please refer to the AMA Manual of Style eBook below or contact the library.

Why we should cite and how to make it easier!

Why is citing important?


Avoids plagiarism

Plagiarism is using another person’s ideas, processes, results, text, or illustration/clinical photographs, etc. without their acknowledgment. There are academic consequences if you use someone else's work, or even small parts of it, without citing the source and giving the author credit for their work.


Shows that you have done your research

Citing your sources shows that you have done your research and are not making things up. It helps illustrate that your research is building off the research that has come before it. When you cite your sources, it helps build your credibility as a scholar.


Citing leads back to the original source

Citations are very helpful in allowing others to find the original source. When citations are incomplete or done incorrectly, it can be difficult or impossible to locate the resource.

Endnote or Zotero

EndNote and Zotero are both bibliographic management applications that helps collect and manage citations for your research or coursework. Use either one to automatically format your reference list and share your citations with other users of the same application. Both work with Microsoft Word to automatically insert and format your citations and reference list according to the citation style you choose.

All MBKU students and faculty can install EndNote for free on their PC or Mac. Downloads are available on  USB drive in the library, or you can contact the library staff for instructions on downloading a copy. The EndNote download includes a plugin for the Pages application. If you have any questions or run into problems with Endnote, please stop by the library and ask the librarians.

Zotero is free to the public. Because you can download the extension in Chrome, you can also use it with Google Docs.

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