How to cite a database in AMA

AMA database citation

To cite a database in a reference entry in AMA style 11st edition include the following elements:

  1. Author(s) of database: If a database doesn't have one specific author, just start with the title.
  2. Title of database: Do not italicize the database title.
  3. Place of publication: Give the name of the city in which the publishing entity was located at the time of publication.
  4. Publisher: Abbreviate the publisher's name.
  5. Year of publication: Give the year of publication.
  6. URL: Give the URL including all its elements (https://www, .com).
  7. Date of update: Add the date the site was updated or modified if available.
  8. Date of access: Give the month day, and year of retrieval preceded by the word 'accessed' (Accessed June 1, 2004.).

Here is the basic format for a reference list entry of a database in AMA style 11st edition:

Author(s) of database. Title of database. Place of publication: Publisher; Year of publication. URL. Updated Date of update. Accessed Date of access.

Take a look at our reference list examples that demonstrate the AMA style guidelines in action:


Database without an author

Education Resources Information Center (ERIC). United States: Inst. of Education Sciences; 1966. Updated January, 2018. Accessed July 13, 2019.

Database without an author

MySQL. Redwood, CA: Oracle Corporation; 1995. Updated July 22, 2019. Accessed August 3, 2019.

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