The AMA system is one of the most common referencing styles used in medical writing. But how does it work? In this post, we look at how to cite a book in AMA referencing, including how to format the reference list entry.\r\nHow to Cite a Book in AMA Referencing\r\nAMA is a Vancouver-style number\u2013endnote system, as set out in the AMA Manual of Style. As such, to cite a source with this system, you need to give a superscript number in the text. These numbers indicate the position of a source in a reference list at the end of the document, with sources numbered sequentially in the order you cite them. For example:\r\nAMA citations typically appear at the end of a sentence or clause.1\r\nHere, the \u20181\u2019 means that we\u2019re citing the first source in the reference list. The next source we cite would be numbered \u20182\u2019, the third \u20183\u2019, and so on. And if we then needed to cite the same book again later in our writing, we\u2019d simply use the same citation number as we did on the first reference.\r\nIf you are also quoting a book, include page numbers in brackets:\r\nThe author suggests \u2018quoting sources to evidence arguments\u2019. 2(p45)\r\nThe citation above, for instance, shows that we\u2019re quoting page 45. Any reader would then be able to find the relevant part of the book we've cited.\r\nYou\u2019ll then need to give full publication information for every book you cite, as well as all other sources, in a reference list at the end of the document.\r\nBooks in an AMA Reference List\r\nThe standard format for a print book in an AMA reference list is as follows:\r\nn. Author Name(s) and Initial(s). Book Title. Edition number (second edition or above only). City, State (or Country) of publisher: Publisher\u2019s name; copyright year.\r\nAs mentioned above, the number at the start of the entry here is determined by the order in which you cited sources. So the first source you cited in the text will be the first in the reference list, followed by the second source you cited, then the third, then the fourth, etc.\r\nIn practice, then, a book in an AMA reference list would look like this:\r\n1. Rosenstock J. Noise: A Musical Retrospective. London, England: Random House; 2016.\r\nAnd if you\u2019d like anyone to check your referencing, we can help. Simply submit a document for proofreading, pick AMA as your chosen referencing style from the menu, and our expert editors will set to work.