AMA Citation Style Formatting
This site contains a series of color-coded style charts – helpful for quickly identifying parts of a citation.
2 page "Tip Sheet" for AMA formating
APA Formatting and Style Guide
Formatting and style examples.
APA Research Style Crib Sheets
Contains a summary of rules for using APA style.
APA Reference Style Guide
This is a great site; it has flash videos, downloadable PDF guides, and specific health sciences/nursing examples.
APA Sample Paper
This sample paper demonstrates the APA style format. It is available as a FLASHpaper (requires FLASH player) or as a PDF document.
This is the “official” APA Web site.
APA Style Essentials
Provides a common core of elements of APA style.
APA Style Guide to Electronic References
Contains pages excerpted from a published style manual which deal specifically with citing electronic content.
Citation Guides and Style Manuals
This site contains links to information on a variety of style guides.
Citing Medicine: the NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers
A comprehensive guide to the NLM style format.
From Duke University's Libraries' "Guide to Library Research;" this site provides a good overview of correct methods for source citing, as well as an overview on plagiarism.
Format a Paper Using APA Guidelines
This resource takes a different focus on papers – appearance. It covers margins, spacing, indentations, etc.
A Guide for Writing Research Papers Based on Styles Recommended by the American Psychological Association
This guide consists of lots of narrative with embedded links, plus an FAQ, also with links.
The University of Minnesota Libraries Quickstudy:
This site contains a programmed, self-study guide to the use of the APA citation style.
Provides basic help in citing using the MLA style, plus a link to the MLA handbook/Web site
MLA Formatting and Style Guide
More information from The Owl at Purdue on use of MLA format and examples.
MLA In-Text Parenthetical Citations
The parenthetical citation method replaced the use of citational footnotes, e.g. use an author’s name in parenthesis at the end of a sentence in which the quoted/paraphrased material appears. The full bibliographic citation appears in a list at the end of the paper.
A Guide for Writing Research Papers Based on Modern Language Association (MLA) Documentation
This is a very detailed guide to research techniques. Links to subtopics are located on the left side of the page and the user may follow them to learn about the best approach to formatting a paper using the MLA style.
What is MLA Style?
The “official” MLA style site.
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NOTE: Unfortunately the AMA Manual of Style is not very specific on formats to use, including a format for the Title Page. Be sure and check with your instructor or the publisher to whom you are submitting a paper for more specific formatting rules.
Formatting a paper means using proper references within the text and bibliography, but also using the stylistic matters laid out in the AMA Manual of Style to format the text. This includes such factors as using headings and capitalizing them appropriately, line spacing, margins, text style issues (such as using "one" or "1", using AM or a.m. or A.M.), placement of page numbers, preferred font and spacing for graphs, preferred size and shape for tables, etc. This guide includes some basic help on manuscript style, but it is not extensive.
Consult the AMA Manual of Style for detailed information on manuscript style.
Acronyms, abbreviations, initialisms:
Acronyms, abbreviations, and initialisms are discouraged from use, except for well-known and accepted units of measurement and some well-recognized terms.
Numerals (1, 2, 3, etc.) should be used in all writing, except when:
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