How to cite an online book in AMA

AMA online book citation

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

  1. Author(s) of book: Give the last name, and initials of up to six authors (e.g. Watson J). For more authors only the first three are listed, followed by et al.
  2. Title of book: Italicize the title and capitalize the first letter of each major word.
  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: 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 an online book in AMA style 11st edition:

Author(s) of book. Title of book. Place of publication: Publisher; Year of publication. URL. Accessed Date.

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


A book retrieved online with one author

King S. The Shining. New York, NY: Doubleday; 1977. Accessed May 5, 2019.

A book retrieved online with one author

Barthes R. Mythologies. New York: The Noonday P; 1991. Accessed April 3, 2018.

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