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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 - Online image

Elements to include and formatting

Author(s). Title of specific item cited (or, if unavailable, give the name of the organization responsible for the site). Name of Web Site. Publication date. Updated date.  Accessed date. URL (no period after the URL)


  1. Province of British Columbia. BC kicks off flu vaccine program. Flickr. Published October 17, 2011. Accessed November 24, 2020.


  • In your reference list, cite an image the same way you would cite a website.
  • Consider using images from Creative Commons repositories like Flickr, or Wikimedia Commons, etc. The creators of these images have assigned Creative Commons licenses to their images, so that you and I are free to use them in our work, as long as we give credit to those who created them.
  • On a PowerPoint slide, it is best practice to include the full citation under the image, instead of including all citations on one slide at the end of the presentation, as PowerPoint presentations can be disassembled.  You can reduce the size of the citation's font to make it appear less distracting.  Check with your professor to see what format they prefer for PowerPoint presentations.