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MLA (Modern Language Association) Style Guide- 7th Edition

The AMA publication style is recommended for science assignments.  Check your course syllabus or ask your professor to make sure you are using the correct citation style.

Citation information is from AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors, three copies of which can be found in the library- R119 .A533 2007.

  Book (3.12.2 & 2.1.6)

Kennedy M.  A Brief History of Disease, Science, and Medicine: From the Ice Age to the Genome Project. Cranston, RI: Writers' Collective; 2004.

  Book Article or Chapter (3.12.4 & 3.9.1)
Rutter M. Finding and understanding specific susceptibility genes.  In: Genes and Behavior: Nature – Nurture Interplay Explained. Malden, MA: Blackwell; 2006: 156-177.
  Journal or Magazine Article (with volume numbers, section 3.11.3 & without volume numbers, section 3.11.5)
Guttmacher AE.  Welcome to the genomic era.  N Engl J Med.  2003; 349(10):996-998.
  Journal Article Online (3.15.1)
Duchin JS. Can preparedness for biological terrorism save us from pertussis? Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2004;158(2):106-107. Accessed June 1, 2004.

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  Newspaper Magazine Article or Journal Article (without volume numbers – section 3.13.1)
Nickerson C.  DNA study challenges basic ideas in genetics; genome "junk" appears essential.  Boston Globe.  June 14, 2007: A1.
  Article in an Encyclopedia (3.12.4)
Hunt KS. Gene therapy. In:  Longe JL, ed. The Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Vol 3.  3rd ed. New York: Thomson Gale; 2006: 1578-1585.

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  Website (section 3.15.3)
The HONcode in brief.  Health on the Net foundation.  Accessed June 28, 2007.


Notes & Tips:

  • Items are listed numerically in the order they are cited in the text.
  • Authors: use initials of first and second names with no spaces. Include up to six authors. If there are more than six, include the first three, followed by et al. If no author is given, start with the title.
  • Books: include the edition statement (ex: 3rd ed. or Rev ed.) between the title and place if it is not the first edition.
  • Place: use postal codes.
  • Journals: abbreviate titles as shown in PubMed Journals database. See 3.11.5 for journals without voume or issue numbers.
  • Websites: include the name (title) of the webpage, the name of the entire website, the full date of the page (if available), and the date you looked at it.
  • The rules concerning a title within a title are not displayed here for purposes of clarity. See the printed version of the manual for details.
  • For documents and situations not listed here, see the printed version of the manual.
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