AMA Style is not as strict or specific as other citation types. However, it does provide some guidelines for how your paper should look and how to cite all of the resources you used. If you are unsure about something, check with your professor for clarification.
Generally, when setting up your document, make sure you follow these guidelines:
Make sure your paper is formatted correctly using this AMA Sample Paper.
Every citation style uses two types of citation: in-text and bibliographic.
In-text citation gives credit to someone else's work, right in your paper when you use it.
In AMA style, in-text citations are noted with small numbers called superscript. The first source that you cite will be number 1, the second source you cite will be number 2, and so on. Any time you refer to that particular source, it will keep the same number. The assigned number will correspond with the order of your references page.
The superscript number will come at the end of the sentence, after the period and quotation marks (if any).
"Social medial is harmful to teens." 1
Video games cause dyslexia.3
If you use more than one source in a sentence, note all numbers at the end.
Example: Multiple studies have found that bullying is now more prevalent online.2-4, 6
How you create superscript numbers will depend on which word processing software you use.
Bibliographic citation is when you list the sources you've used in your paper.
Just like the rest of your paper, your References page should be in a readable font with 1-inch page margins. Your sources should be listed in the same order they were referred to in your paper. Each citation should be numbered and that number should match the superscript number you used in the text of your paper. See the References Example Page below to get a better idea of what your page should look like.
You will need to gather some information from each of your sources, so it's best to have them in front of you. Remember, one of the reasons for citing is so that your reader can find the sources that you refer to. You need to provide as much information as possible so that they can find your sources easily. For most AMA citations, the following rules apply:
Take a look at our AMA Citation Guide for specific examples: