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AMA Citation Guide

Notes for citing books

Citing Print and Electronic Books

  • If citing a chapter in a print or electronic book include inclusive page numbers
    • If print or electronic book chapter does not have page numbers, include chapter number
  • Include all authors and editors when six or less
  • For more than six authors or editors, list first three followed by "et al"
  • As of the 11th edition, AMA no longer recommends a location of the publisher in a citation


Print and Electronic Book Examples

Personal author(s)
1. Briggs GG, Freeman RK, Yaffe SJ. Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation: A Reference Guide to Fetal and Neonatal Risk. 10th ed. Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2015.

Chapter in a book
2. Pai AB, Rohrscheib M, Joy MS. Disorders of calcium and phosphorus homeostasis. In: DiPiro JT, Talbert RL, Yee GC, et al, eds. Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach. 7th ed. McGraw-Hill; 2008:861-876.

Edited book 
3. Lunney JR, Foley KM, Smith TJ, Gelband H, eds. Describing Death in America: What We Need to Know. National Policy Board, Institute of Medicine; 2003. Accessed June 11, 2020.

Whole ebook in database

4. Dans AL, Dans LF, Silvestre MAA, eds. Painless Evidenced-Based Medicine. 2nd ed. John Wiley & Son, Incorporated; 2017. Accessed June 9, 2020.

Chapter of ebook in database

5. Pai A. Disorders of calcium and phosphorus homeostasis. In: DiPiro JT, Talbert RL, Yee GC, Matzke GR, Wells BG, Posey L, eds. Pharmacotherapy: A Pathophysiologic Approach. 10th ed. McGraw-Hill; 2017: chap 50. Accessed June 9, 2020.