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Pharmacy Technician: Citation Resources

Citation How To Videos

Why Cite?

While most of your paper should consist of your own thoughts and ideas, it is essential to include the research and opinions of others and give them credit for their work.  When you do this, you are citing sources.  Citing sources helps you because it:

  • Demonstrates you have done the necessary research to learn as much as possible about your topic.
  • Provides evidence for your arguments.
  • Makes your work more credible because you have considered a variety of resources.
  • Helps you avoid plagiarism.
  • Allows you (and your audience) to locate the source when conducting further research.

Medical Sciences Styles

In medical research, scholars can choose between the American Medical Association's Manual of Style or the National Library of Medicine's Style Manual, 2nd Edition. 

The reference style followed by JAMA and its related journals was developed from recommendations contained in the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals  (formerly known as the Vancouver style) and the National Library of Medicine's recommendations found in Citing Medicine: The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers.  

Citing Medicine, 2nd Edition assists authors in compiling lists of references for their publications, editors in revising such lists, publishers in setting reference standards for their authors and editors, and librarians and others in formatting bibliographic citations.

Citation Format Styles