The purpose of a citation is to provide the reader with information to find the source of the author's facts or ideas. A citation includes, at the very least, the title, author, source of publication, and date of publication.
Citation styles are sets of guidelines that determine how papers and citations are formatted. Different disciplines favor certain styles, for this class, you will use the AMA (American Medical Association) Manual of Style.
To avoid plagiarism, you should cite a source when:
Remember, it's not just words that can be plagiarized, but thoughts and ideas too. If in doubt, err on the side of citation.
Find out more about plagiarism on the next page.
AMA requires a superscript for cited sources that correspond with the reference list at the end of the paper.
Superscripts should appear in arabic numerals outside periods or commas, but inside colons or semicolons. Regardless of how often a work is cited, it should always be given the same number.
For the AMA style reference list, citations should be placed in the order in which they occur above and correspond to the in-text number given to them.
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