This guide provides selected information on citing the literature using AMA style. When you need additional information, consult the AMA Manual of Style Online: A Guide for Authors and Editors, 11th ed.
According to the AMA Manual of Style, 11th edition ("Ch 3: References"):
“References serve 3 primary purposes—documentation, acknowledgement, and directing the reader to additional resources. Authors may cite a reference to support their own arguments or lay the foundation for their theses (documentation); as a credit to the work of other authors (acknowledgment); or direct the reader to more detail or additional resources (directing or linking).”
The AMA Manual of Style 11th edition does not have very clear rules for formatting papers in AMA, as the recommendation is to follow the rules of the journal you submit the manuscript to. Chapter 2: Manuscript Preparation for Submission and Publication contains the most guidance on overall paper formatting.
Plagiarism is a serious offense at East Carolina University. The ECU Student Handbook defines plagiarism as "Copying the language, structure, ideas, and/or thoughts of another and adopting same as one's own original work." For more information see The Code of Conduct.
Tips for avoiding plagiarism The First Year Writing Studio at ECU offers the following suggestions for avoiding plagiarism: