Health Sciences Citations

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 10th ed., 2007. In print in the Reference section of the Health Sciences Library (808.06661 A479)

Cite It Right AMA Style Guide 

AMA Style Guide 

NLM Medical Journal Abbreviation Look-Up *

Tip Sheets: 

APA style is commonly used for citing references in science and social science courses. 

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th ed., 2020 In print in the Reference section of the Health Sciences Library (808.02 P976)

There are free, easy-to-use tools to help you collect, organize, cite, and share your research sources.

With these, you can:                         

  • Create and manage citations of books, articles, websites, videos, etc.
  • Import citations directly from databases, the library catalog, Google Scholar
  • Add searchable notes and tags to citation records
  • Attach article and chapter PDFs and images to citation records
  • Easily and quickly create a bibliography in a variety of reference styles (APA, MLA, etc.)
  • Automatically manage in-text citations in Microsoft Word or LiberOffice/OpenOffice
  • Easily share references with others

Zotero and Mendeley are the two most common citation softwares.  Compare and explore or ask a librarian for help in installing and using either one. 

Zotero Library Guide

Mendeley Library Guide