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AMA Citation Style: Books

Citation Tips:

Do not abbreviate the year. Remember to always use the full year when citing.

ANSWER:

  • Correct: 2004
  • Wrong: 04 or '04

AMA Books: What should I cite?

A complete reference to a print book includes the following:
  • Authors' surnames and first and middle initials: 3.7
  • Chapter title (when cited): 3.9
  • Surname and first and middle initials of book authors or editors or translator: 3.12.5
  • Title of book as well as the subtitle - if any : 3.9
  • Volume number and volume title, when there is more than 1 volume: 3.12.6
  • Edition number - do not indicate first edition: 3.12.7
  • Year of copyright/publication: 3.12.10
  • Page numbers, when specific pages are cited: 3.12.11

AMA: Books

Print: 3.12

Author(s). Book Title. Edition number (if it is the second edition or above). City, State (or Country) of publisher: Publisher's name; copyright year.

Example: Whole Book

Riegelman RK, Kirkwood B. Public health 101 :Healthy people--healthy populations. 2nd ed. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning; 2015.73:95

Example: Chapter in a Book

Riegelman RK, Kirkwood B.Social and behaviorial sciences and public health. In: Riegelman RK, Kirkwood B, eds. Public health 101 :Healthy people--healthy populations. 2nd ed. Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning; 2015.

NOTE: If the authors of a chapter are the same for the authors of the book you include the names in both places. (See: Chapter section)

Online: 3.15.2

Author(s). Book Title. Edition number (if it is the second edition or above). City, State (or Country) of publisher: Publisher's name; copyright year. URL. Accessed [date].

Example: 

Preedy VR, Watson RR. Handbook of disease burden and quality of life measures. New York: Springer Science. 2009. http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-0-387-78664-3.Accessed February 10, 2012.

Chapter in a Book

Reference to a Chapter in a Book.

When citing a chapter of a book, capitalize as for a journal article title (see 3.9, Titles); do not use quotation marks. Inclusive page numbers of the chapter should be given (see also 3.12.11, Page Numbers or Chapter Number)
 
Example: Author(s). Chapter title. Edition. In: Author, Book title. edition. City, State, Publisher, Year: pages
  1. Bliss CM, Wolfe M. Chapter 34: Common clinical manifestations of gastrointesteinal disease. In: Andreoli TE, Cecil RL, eds. Andreoli and Carpenter's Cecil Essentials of Medicine. 8th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders/Elsevier; 2010:382-400.

What if the editor of the book is the same as the auhtor of the chapter?
Tip:

The rule applies if the authors of a particular chapter and the editors of the book are identical you will need to include the same name is in both places.

Riegelman RK. Chapter 11: Meta-analysis. In: Riegelman RK, ed. Studying a Study and Testing a Test: How to Read the Medical Evidence. 5th ed.
Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2005:99-115.

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