Health Sciences Citations
Citing a source means acknowledging where you got a specific quote, fact, graphic, data, or idea from. A citation is all the information needed to describe a source, such as (but not limited to) the author, title, publisher, page numbers, and publication date. Information in citations follows a specific format or style.
Which citation style you use can depend on what subject or discipline you are writing for or on the preference of you professor.
The Health Sciences programs most often use AMA or APA citation styles. The guides below offer help in understanding how to apply these styles.
The AMA (American Medical Association) reference style was created by the editors of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). It specifies writing and citation styles for scholarly works in Medicine. AMA style is internationally recognized and is used throughout disciplines in the health sciences.
American Medical Association, AMA Manual of Style 11th ed., 2020.
Available to borrow from the Health Sciences Library
- AMA Citation format sheet
Quick look at how to format references for journal articles, books, and websites
- AMA Citation Style 11th ed Lecture Slides
From Clarkson Health Sciences Library workshop
includes many detailed formatting examples
- AMA Resources from Purdue OWL
- Getting Started with AMA Style
A very detailed, easy to follow, guide created by Sheridan College Library
- NLM Medical Journal Abbreviation Look-Up
Use this tool from the National Library of Medicine to find the correct abbreviations for journal titles.