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How to cite using AMA in the Health Sciences: USP-NF

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

Format, Example and Tips - USP-NF

Elements to include and formatting

Book Title and edition number. Publisher’s name; Copyright year for the chapter you're referencing. Accessed date. DOI

General Chapter - Example

  1. USP. Injections and Implanted Drug Products (Parenterals)—Product Quality Tests <1>. In: USP–NF. Rockville, MD: United States Pharmacopeia. Accessed September 2, 2022.

Monograph - Example 

  1. USP. Acebutolol Hydrochloride. In: USP–NF. Rockville, MD: United States Pharmacopeia. Accessed September 2, 2022.


  • This resource is limited to College of Pharmacy students, staff, and faculty. Contact the NJM Health Sciences Library for login instructions
  • Citing the USP-NF is tricky because it is a two-book compilation (the United States Pharmacopeia and the National Formulary) of 4 volumes and AMA doesn’t provide an example for this in the Manual of Style, so we must improvise based on other AMA examples and suggestions from the USP-NF
    • Book title should be in italics.
    • Scroll down to the very bottom of the page to find the DOI; it appears after the Auxiliary Information.


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.