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How to cite using AMA in the Health Sciences: Book - whole

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

Format, Example and Tips - Book - whole

Print book - Elements to include and formatting

Author(s). Book Title. Edition number (do not indicate 1st edition). Publisher name; most recent copyright year.

Example (print book)

  1. Rantucci MJ. Pharmacists Talking With Patients: A Guide to Patient Counseling. 2nd ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2007.

eBook - Elements to include and formatting

Author(s). Book Title. Edition number (do not indicate 1st edition). Publisher’s name; most recent copyright year. Accessed date. URL (no period after the URL)

Example (eBook)

  1. Olsen CG, Tindall WN, Clasen ME. Geriatric Pharmacotherapy: A Guide for the Helping Professional. American Pharmacists Association; 2007. Accessed February 27, 2020. ress=b722bOI4Cx5PboVh08z

Tips (for both print and electronic)

  • When referring to an entire book, rather than pages or a specific section, use this format.  
  • Pay attention to your capitalization in book titles. When citing an entire book, all major words in the title should be capitalized. 
  • Book title is in italics.
  • If each chapter has a different author, please use the Book - Chapter formatting.  
  • If the entire book was authored by the same person/people, please use the this formatting and include page numbers in text.  See "Citing items in-text.


Questions about the AMA Manual of Style? 

Contact the librarians at the
NJM Health Sciences Library
200 level, Brodie Centre

The content and design of this page was copied and adapted from the guide "AMA Style: the Basics for Pharmacy Writing" written and developed by Caitlin Carter, University of Waterloo Library.