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AMA 10th Style Citation Guide: Start Here

What's Here

This is a general guide to creating citations in AMA 10th style.  Visit the tabs below for formatting guidelines and examples of a variety of source types.

In-text Citations: Information found in this tab will teach you how to create citations within the body of your paper.  

Reference List: Use this tab to find formatting guidelines for citing specific source types in AMA.  Also included in this tab are example citations for each source type.

Formatting Your Paper: Learn how to properly format a research paper according to AMA 10th edition guidelines.

Information on Using Images Found on the Web: Before you grab any image from the internet to use in your research assignment, consult this tab to learn how to avoid copyright infringement and find free-to-use images on the web.

Center for Writing and Academic Achievement: Need help with writing your paper?  Contact the staff at the CWAA, or visit this tab to find helpful information about tutoring schedules and how to make an appointment with a writing expert.


Need additional assistance?  Contact a research librarian, or consult one of the web resources listed below.

Why Should I Cite My Sources

Why Cite Sources?

  • Citations allow readers to locate and further explore the sources you used to develop your thoughts and outcomes expressed in your paper. They are a measure of the depth and scope of your research.
  • Citations are the method used to give credit to authors for their ideas and research.
  • Citations provide the evidence for your arguments and establish your credibility by documenting that you have searched for and considered a number of resources during researching and writing of your paper.
  • Citing enable you to have your own original ideas and outcomes standout from the other's research.
  • Citing is standard practice in the world of academia.


When do I need to cite?

You need to acknowledge whenever you borrow quotes or ideas. The following are when you need to cite:

  • Whenever you use direct quotes.
  • Whenever you paraphrase.
  • Whenever you use an idea that someone else has already expressed.
  • Whenever you make specific reference to the work of another.
  • Whenever someone else's work has been critical in developing your own ideas.

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