The American Medical Association (AMA) style is primarily used to cite references in the medical research field and other health sciences. The information contained in this guide is based on the AMA Manual of Style 11th Edition that was updated in January, 2020. We have a physical copy of this manual available at the reference desk on the main floor of Wolfgram Memorial Library. Additional guidelines have been added to meet the requirements of the Physical Therapy programs at Widener University and should not be considered standard. Please consult your instructor, publisher, or department guidelines.
Being familiar with AMA style helps with writing papers, but it also leads to a greater understanding of medical research publications. The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) sets the standard for medical research and publishes in AMA style. Once you have experience with AMA, you will know where to find the most important information contained in a publication and have fewer questions about the notations and vocabulary used in medical research.
The purpose of this guide is to assist with citations, reference lists, and basic formatting guidelines consistent with the AMA Manual of Style, 11th ed., and the needs of the Physical Therapy program at Widener. If you have additional questions about performing research or using preferred vocabulary, the AMA Manual of Style is available at the reference desk.
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