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AMA 11th Referencing Guide

Referencing guide for the 11th Edition of AMA Style

Books (whole book)

Use this if:

  • You are citing a book in which there is only one set of authors for the whole book (you do not need to cite individual chapters).
  • You are citing an edited book as a complete work - not the work of a particular chapter by a particular author.

You will need (minimum information in bold):

  • Author(s) or Editor(s) (if editors, include ed. or eds)
  • Book title (in italics - in Title Case)
  • Volume number and title (if there is more than one volume).
  • Edition number (if it is not the first edition)
  • Publisher's name
  • Latest copyright year
  • Accessed date (if online - only if using URL)
  • DOI or URL (if online)


Standard book patterns:

Pay close attention to the punctuation use in these examples – including case, italics, the order of dates and spaces.

Standard book in Print:

Author AA, Author BB, Author CC. Book Title. Vol no. Nth ed. Publisher; Year.

Edited book:

Editor AA, Editor BB, Editor CC, eds. Book Title. Vol no. Nth ed. Publisher; Year.


Author AA, Author BB, Author CC. Book Title. Vol no. Nth ed. Publisher; Year. Accessed Month DD, YYYY. DOI or URL


  1. Drake RL, Vogl W, Mitchell AWM, Gray H. Gray's Anatomy for Students. 4th ed. Elsevier; 2020.
  2. Cameron P, Little M, Mitra B, Deasy C, eds. Textbook of Adult Emergency Medicine. 5th ed. Elsevier; 2020.
  3. Vieira AR.Genetic Basis of Oral Health Conditions. Springer; 2019. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-14485-2
  4. Health Worker Roles in Providing Safe Abortion Care and Post-abortion Contraception. World Health Organization; 2015. Accessed December 9, 2021.


  • Dates follow the American pattern of Month-Day-Year.
  • You only use the Accessed date if you are using a URL.
  • The author may be an organisation or government body.

What's a DOI?  Read this explanation from Citing Medicine.

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