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AMA Style: The Basics for Pharmacy Writing: Step 2: Creating Your Reference List

Reference List

The AMA Manual of Style requires that your reference list must be in numerical order to reflect the order of your in-text citations.

  • This means your reference list is not alphabetical!
  • Page 753 of the AMA Manual of Style gives a great sample reference list
  • If the type of information you need to include in your reference list isn't included as an example on this page, consult Chapter 3 of the AMA Manual of Style


  • Numbering: your reference list MUST use regular numbers (not superscripts!)
  • Left justified: items in your reference list MUST be left justified (flush left)
  • Spacing: each item listed in your reference list MUST be single spaced (no spaces between lines)


Questions about the AMA Manual of Style? 

Contact your pharmacy liaison librarian, Caitlin Carter, x21313, PHR 4009.

Example Reference List

Do not double-space the items in your reference list. Here is what a properly formatted reference list would look like in your paper: 

Reference List

  1. Canadian Press. Generic drugs to be bought in bulk by provinces. CBC News. saskatchewan/story/2013/01/18/drug-costs-provinces.html. Published January 18, 2013. Updated January 18, 2013. Accessed February 4, 2013.
  2. Rantucci MJ. Pharmacists Talking With Patients: A Guide to Patient Counseling. 2nd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2007.
  3. Nathan JP, Grossman S. Professional reading habits of pharmacists attending 2 educational seminars in New York City. J Pharm Practice. 2012;25(6):600-605.

Citing Different Types of Sources

Click on the hyperlinked text below to view an example of a citation for each type of source.

Can't find what you need?

If you need an example of how to reference a type of information that isn't included in this guide, consult Chapter 3 of the AMA Manual of Style.