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How to cite using AMA in the health sciences

This guide covers the basics of the American Medical Association's (AMA) citation style.

Format, example and tips - Book - chapter

Print book chapter - Elements to include and formatting

Author(s) of chapter. Chapter title. In: editor(s), ed. Book Title. Edition number (do not indicate 1st edition). Publisher name; most recent copyright year:pages of chapter.

Example (Print book chapter)

  1. Solensky R. Drug Allergy: Desensitization and treatment of reactions to antibiotics and aspirin. In: Lockey P, ed. Allergens and Allergen Immunotherapy. 3rd ed. Marcel Dekker; 2004:585-606.

eBook - Elements to include and formatting

Author(s) of chapter. Chapter title. In: editor(s), ed. Book Title. Edition number (do not indicate 1st edition). Publisher name; most recent copyright year:pages of chapter. Accessed date. URL (no period after the URL)

Example (eBook chapter)

  1. Schumock GT, Donnelly A. Business planning for pharmacy programs. In: Zgarrick DP, Desselle SP, Moczygemba LR, Alston G, eds. Pharmacy Management: Essentials for all Pharmacy Practice Settings. 5th ed.  McGraw-Hill; 2020:chap 7.  Accessed November 25, 2020.  https://accesspharmacy.mhmedical.com/content.aspx?bookid=2714&sectionid=230768189

Tips (for both print and electonic)

  • When citing a book chapter, only the first word of the chapter title should be capitalized (exception: proper nouns such as names of cities, etc.).
  • Pay attention to your capitalization in book titles. All major words in the book title should be capitalized.
  • Book title should be in italics.
  • If each chapter has a different author, please use this formatting.  
  • If the entire book was authored by the same person/people, please use the Book - whole formatting and include page numbers in text. 
  • If you are referencing a book chapter from the online version of the CPS, please use the drug database format when creating your reference.