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AMA Challenge

The following exercises are examples for practice of proper AMA citations. You do not need to
locate any resources unless specifically instructed to do so.
For each of the following sources, note any style/format error(s) and then, below each one, rewrite the item in red so that it properly complies with AMA. NOTE: some sources are incomplete
and may require you to go to a database to determine the required citation information.
When you are done, save this document with a new file name (AMA + group color) and
submit via the Discussion Forum in D2L for your small group (group leader should submit).
Section 1: In-text citations
Correct the in-text citations: (these may be abbreviations, spacing, superscripts, etc.)
1. Tan et al. 4 studied the anterior myocardial territory (AMT) in comparison to the heart as an
organ at risk (OR) for breast radiotherapy.
Tan et al 4 studied the anterior myocardial territory (AMT) in comparison to the heart as an organ
at risk (OR) for breast radiotherapy.
Correct the in-text citation and then follow with the correct reference citation.
2. The following is from the Radiobiology book by Travis published in 1989.
It is clear to those professionals in radiation oncology that ionizing radiation is a potentially
dangerous tool and therefore “imperative that all persons involved with any of the medical
applications of ionizing radiation have a basic understanding of its hazardous biological
potential” (Travis, 1989, p. 9).
[3rd reference in paper]
It is clear to those professionals in radiation oncology that ionizing radiation is a potentially
dangerous tool and therefore “imperative that all persons involved with any of the medical
applications of ionizing radiation have a basic understanding of its hazardous biological
potential.”3
Travis EL. Primer of Medical Radiobiology. 2nd ed. Chicago, IL: Year Book Medical Publishers;
1989: 9.
References:
Carbonneau K. Ragsdale L. eds. Research fundamentals AMA citations. [SoftChalk]. La Crosse,
WI: UW-L Medical Dosimetry Program; 2016.

ResearchFundamentals_AMA

Correct the in-text citation only:
3. The following is from an academic journal article with authors Stall, Zach, Ning, Ondos,
Arora, Shankavaram, Miller, Citrin, and Camphausen.
In a study by Stall, Zach, Ning, Ondos, Arora, Shankavaram, Miller, Citrin, and Camphausen
(2006), it was determined that flair and T2 weighted MRIs are used to delineate high grade
gliomas and surrounding edema for radiation treatment planning (Stall, Zach, Ning, Ondos,
Arora, Shankavaram, Miller, Citrin, and Camphausen, 2006, p. 1). [9th reference in paper]
In the study by Stall et al,9 it was determined that flair and T2 weighted MRIs are used to
delineate high grade gliomas and surrounding edema for radiation treatment planning.
Reference:
Iverson C, Christiansen S, Flanagin A, et al. AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and
Editors. 10th ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2007: 45.

Section 2: Writing AMA References
With the information provided below, write the correct AMA citation for the document in
question. Some entries have incomplete data. For these you will need to get complete citation
details from the UW-L Library database.
Look in EBSCOhost (or periodical databases) to locate these articles & provide the appropriate
citation:
4. Lee, Wu, Jeng et al. published an article in 2009 about the skin dose impact from
immobilization devices and carbon fiber couch during IMRT treatment of the prostate.
Lee K, Wu J, Jeng S, Liu YH, Cheng JC. Skin dose impact from vacuum immobilization device
and carbon fiber couch in intensity modulated radiation therapy for prostate cancer. Med Dosim.
2009; 39(3): 228-232. doi:10.1016/j.meddos.2008.10.001
Reference:
Iverson C, Christiansen S, Flanagin A, et al. AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and
Editors. 10th ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2007: 64.

5. Sharpe and Brock completed a study in 2008 about QA of serial 3D image registration and
fusion.

Sharpe M, Brock KK. Quality assurance of serial 3D image registration fusion and segmentation.
Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2008; 71(1): S33-S37.
Use the Journals/Periodicals search to locate this article & provide the appropriate citation:
6. A fellow doctoral student tells you they found an article on doctoral students producing a
portfolio instead of a dissertation. They think they saw it in Innovations in Education &
Teaching International.
Maxwell TW, Kupczyk‐Romanczuk G. Producing the professional doctorate: the portfolio as a
legitimate alternative to the dissertation. Innov Educ Teach Int. 2009; 46(2):135-145.
doi:10.1080/14703290902843760
Reference:
Iverson C, Christiansen S, Flanagin A, et al. AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and
Editors.10th ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2007: 64.
Use a book database like Amazon.com to locate these books & provide the appropriate citation:
7. You want to cite the book Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy by Kavanagh & Timmerman,
which is published by Lippincott Williams and Wilkins in Philadelphia, PA. Page 34.
Timmerman RD, Lohr F. Normal tissue dose constraints applied in lung stereotactic body
radiation therapy. In: Kavanagh BD, Timmerman RD, ed. Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy.
Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2005:34.
Reference:
Iverson C, Christiansen S, Flanagin A, et al. AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and
Editors.10th ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2007.
8. You need to cite a chapter written Annette M. Coleman and Cara Zeidman in a book edited by
Charles M. Washington and Dennis Leaver. It was published in 2010 by Mosby in St. Louis,
Missouri. The title of the book is Principles and Practice of Radiation Therapy. The chapter is
titled “Electronic Charting and Image Management.” The chapter spans pages 564-578.
Coleman AM, Zeidman C. Electronic charting and image management. In: Washington CM,
Leaver D. Principles and Practices of Radiation Therapy. 3rd ed. St. Louis, MO: Mosby; 2010:
564-578.
9. Provide the reference list citation of the AMA Manual of Style (i.e. your AMA book!)
Iverson C, Christiansen S, Flanagin A, et al. AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and
Editors. 10th ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2007.
Reference:

AMA tutorial. University of Wisconsin - La Crosse AMA Writing/Formatting Web
site. http://amatutorial.weebly.com/. Accessed January 22, 2016.
Use Google to locate these articles and provide the appropriate citation:
10. A reference used in your research is Guiding Principles for Diabetes Care: For Health Care
Professionals. It was printed in 2009 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is
identified by the # 09-4343. The URL for the document is
http://ndep.nih.gov/media/GuidPrin_HC_Eng.pdf [do not provide a website citation since this is
a government publication] (Good example on top of p. 58)
National Diabetes Education Program. Guiding Principles for the Care of People With or at Risk
for Diabetes. Bethesda, MD: National Institutes of Health, The National Institute of Diabetes and
Digestive and Kidney Diseases; 2014. NIH Publication 09-4343.
Reference:
Iverson C, Christiansen S, Flanagin A, et al. AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and
Editors.10th ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2007: 57-58.
11. A reference used in your research is an AAPM task group report (69) about radiographic film
for MV beam dosimetry. (note on AMA tutorial site)
Pai S, Das IJ, Dempsey JF, et al. TG-69: Radiographic film for megavoltage beam dosimetry.
Med Phys. 2007; 34(6):2228-2258. doi:10.1118/1.2736779
Reference:
AMA tutorial. AMA tutorial Web site. http://amatutorial.weebly.com/reference-listcitations.html. Accessed Jan 25, 2016
12. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/prostate

(note on AMA tutorial site)

National Cancer Institute. Prostate Cancer. http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/prostate.
Accessed Jan 21, 2016.
Reference:
Iverson C, Christiansen S, Flanagin A, et al. AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and
Editors. 10th ed. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2007: 68.

Section 4: Correcting AMA Mistakes [Citations for Software and Video]
For the following, identify citation mistakes and correct them.
13. SPSS Advantage for Excel 2007. Chicago: SPSS, Inc.

Advantage for Excel. Chicago: SPSS Inc; 2007.
14. Stanford. (2009). Nanotubes + ink + paper = instant battery. Retrieved from
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPTcQJPbGHw
Standford. Nanotubes + Inc + Paper= Instant Battery [video]. YouTube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPTcQJPbGHw. Published 2009. Accessed January 21, 2016.