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AMA Citing Tips: Books

A brief guide to citing AMA style

Section 3.12.4 Book Chapter

     References to a Chapter in a Book.

When citing a chapter of a book, capitalize as for a journal article title (see, English-Language Titles, Journal Articles and Parts of Books); do not use quotation marks. Inclusive page numbers of the chapter should be given (see 3.12.10, Page Numbers or Chapter Number).

  1. 1. Prince M, Glozier N, Sousa R, Dewey M. Measuring disability across physical, mental, and cognitive disorders. In: Regier DA, Narrow WE, Kuhl EA, Kupfer DJ, eds. The Conceptual Evolution of DSM-5. American Psychiatric Publishing Inc; 2011:189-227.

  2. 2. Boushey CJ. Application of research paradigms to nutrition practice. In: Coulston AM, Boushey CJ, Ferruzzi MG, eds. Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease. 3rd ed. Academic Press; 2013:99-105.

Section 3.12.11 EBook

Section 3.12.11

Electronic Books, Books Online, Audiobooks, and Books on Tape or CD.

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. https://www.scientificstyleandformat.org

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. http://www.harrisonsim.com/index.php

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. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/citingmedicine



Section 3.12 . 4 Print Book

References to an Entire Book.

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.

The following e-books online E:

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

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. https://jamaevidence.mhmedical.com/book.aspx?bookID=847



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