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UIW Medical Library: Writing & Citing

AMA Citation Style

The UIW School of Osteopathic Medicine primarily uses the AMA Manual of Style.   AMA citation style was created by the American Medical Association in 1962. It's now widely used for citing sources in medical and scientific research. It was originally created to specify the writing style for AMA publications.

 

AMA Style Tips

Tips for creating your Reference List

  • References should be listed in numerical order at the end of the manuscript.  Two references should not be combined under a single reference number. 
  • References should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals in the order in which they are cited in the text. 
  • Arabic superscript numerals are placed outside periods and commas but inside colons and semicolons.
  • Author names are listed in the order they appear in the source.  
  • Use the author's surname followed by initials without periods or spaces. In listed references, the names of all authors should be given unless there are more than 6, in which case the names of the first 3 authors are used, followed by “et al.” Do not use and between names.  
  • Abbreviate and italicize names of journals. Abbreviate according to the listing in the PubMed Journals database.  See  https://www.nlm.nih.gov/tsd/cataloging/contructitleabbre.html for more information.
  • In article titles, capitalize only the first letter of the first word, proper names, and abbreviations that are ordinarily capitalized.  

Tips taken from the AMA Manual of Style, 10th edition.  Access the AMA Manual of Style online for additional guidelines.  

Avoiding Plagiarism

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RefWorks Citation Management

ProQuest RefWorks

RefWorks is a purchased web-based citation management tool that will help you:

  • Organize your citations for articles, books, and other material
  • Format bibliographies in styles including AMA, APA, and others
  • Share your collection
  • Access information from any Internet-connected computer
  • Export citation information directly from databases or Google Scholar

There are two different versions of RefWorks.  The orange version is RefWorks Legacy was phased out at the end of 2018.  The new one is ProQuest RefWorks and is the one that you should use if new to RefWorks.  

RefWorks Resources and Information

EndNote Citation Management

EndNote is a web-based citation management tool obtained with Web of Science.  It is slightly more robust than the free EndNote Basic but less robust than EndNote 20. It will help you:

  • Organize your citations for articles, books, and other material
  • Format bibliographies in styles including AMA, APA, and others
  • Share your collection
  • Access information from any Internet-connected computer
  • Export citation information directly from databases or Google Scholar
  • The UIW libraries have a subscription to the basic online version of EndNote.   A version with more features could be purchased by individuals. 

EndNote Resources and Information

Mendeley Citation Management

Mendeley 

Mendeley is a free web-based citation management tool.

Citation Management Software Comparison

There are numerous citations software products from which to choose.  Here are a couple of comparison charts.

Examples of Writing E-Books

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