How to AMA Cite: Entire Book format

The 11th edition of the AMA Manual of style was created by the American Medical Association for the health, medical and scientific fields. This is a quick visual guide only. You must consult Chapter 3 in the online AMA manual for detailed explanations.


Books  refer to 3.12.1, References to Books,


Author(s). Book Title. Edition number (if it is the second edition or later). Publisher’s name; copyright year.


Author(s). Book Title. Edition number (if it is the second edition or later). Publisher’s name; copyright year. Accessed [date]. URL (or DOI, if provided; see note below)


Section 3.12.11 EBook

Section 3.12.11 Citing entire print and Electronic Books,............

The basic format for references to books published via media other than print is as follows:

Authors’ surnames and initials (the names of all authors should be given unless there are more than 6, in which case the names of the first 3 authors are used, followed by “et al”) or name of the group if the author is a group

Chapter title (Note: If the reference is to the entire book, the information about chapter title is not included.)

In: Editor(s)

Book Title

Edition number (if it is the second edition or higher; mention of first edition is not necessary; eg, 2nd ed)

Book medium

Publisher’s name

Copyright year or publication date

Chapter number (or inclusive pages if available)

Accessed [date]

URL (verify that the link still works as close as possible to publication)

1. Style Manual Committee, Council of Science Editors. Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers. 8th ed. University of Chicago Press/Council of Science Editors; 2014. Accessed June 18, 2019.

2. Sudarsky L. Gait and balance disorders. In: Kasper DL, Fauci AS, Longo DL, Hauser SL, Jameson JL, Loscalzo J, eds. Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine. 19th ed. McGraw-Hill; 2015:chap 32. Accessed February 10, 2016.

3. Patrias K, Wendling DL, ed. Citing Medicine: The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers. 2nd ed. National Library of Medicine; 2007-. Updated October 2, 2015. Accessed August 11, 2016.



Section 3.12 . 4 Print Book

Example Entire Print Book references.

When referring to an entire book, rather than pages or a specific section, use the following format (see 3.7, about References, Authors).

1. Etzel RA, Balk SJ, eds. Pediatric Environmental Health. American Academy of Pediatrics; 2011.

2. Adkinson NF Jr, Bochner BS, Burks W, et al, eds. Middleton’s Allergy: Principles and Practice. 8th ed. Saunders; 2014.

3. Sacks O. Hallucinations. Alfred A Knopf; 2012.

4. Patterson JW. Weedon’s Skin Pathology. 4th ed. Churchill Livingstone; 2016.

5. Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation (ATAGI). The Australian Immunisation Handbook. 10th ed. Australian Government Dept of Health; 2015.

Example online E-book references:

6. World Health Organization. Health Worker Roles in Providing Safe Abortion Care and Post-abortion Contraception. World Health Organization; 2015. Accessed August 15, 2016.

7. Guyatt G, Rennie D, Meade MO, Cook DJ. Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature: A Manual for Evidence-Based Clinical Practice. 3rd ed. McGraw-Hill Education; 2015. Accessed August 15, 2016.


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