In the biomedical sciences and allied health fields, popular citation styles include APA Style (American Psychological Association) and AMA Style (American Medical Association).
Consider using a citation management software to simplify the process of collecting, organizing, and formatting your citations. UI Libraries has a campus wide subscription to EndNote. The desktop version is available for faculty, staff, and graduate students, and the online version (EndNote Basic) is available for all affiliates.
The library offers group instruction or individual consultation for both tools. For more information in either tool, view the citing sources guide.
Many libraries have created handouts and guides to facilitate learning of AMA style. Links to a few notable ones follow.
-Give credit when deserved
-To help your readers with their research
-To indicate that there is support for your argument or idea
What needs to be cited?
-Direct quotes, sentences or phrases
-Paraphrases, which are summarized or re phrased content
-Articles or studies that you refer to in your paper
-Historical or statistical facts
-Graphs, images, or charts
-Use of author's argument
What does not need to be cited?
-Proverbs and very well-known quotations
-Common knowledge (facts that are common knowledge for a well-educated adult)
What about information I find on the web?
-You need to cite it, unless it meets criteria above!
Here are a few citation builder tols that may help you learn the basics of formatting references, especially useful if you only have a few references to format.