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10th edition AMA Citation Style Basics: Reference List

AMA Manual of Style

This guide is intended as a basic introduction to the AMA citation style.

Please consult the AMA Manual of Style for more examples and in-depth information.

See section: 3.2 for more information about the reference list.

Basic Guidelines for the Reference List

  • All references should be listed at the end of the document except material not yet accepted for publication and personal communications.They are added parenthetically in the text of the document. (See sections: 3.2 3.3, 3.13.8, 3.13.9)
  • Items are listed numerically in the order they are cited in the text.
  • List each reference only once regardless of how many times it is cited in the text of the document.
  • Two references should not be combined under a single reference number.
  • Use regular numbers--not superscript.





  1. Canadian Press. Generic drugs to be bought in bulk by provinces. CBC News. saskatchewan/story/2013/01/18/drug-costs-provinces.html. Published January 18, 2013. Updated January 18, 2013. Accessed February 4, 2013.
  2. Rantucci MJ. Pharmacists Talking With Patients: A Guide to Patient Counseling. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2007.
  3. Nathan JP, Grossman S. Professional reading habits of pharmacists attending 2 educational seminars in New York City. J Pharm Practice. 2012;25(6):600-605.