How to cite special collections in AMA

The material found exclusively in special collections of libraries can vary in form, however, they take the same citation format according to AMA.

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

  1. Author(s): 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 the item: If no specific title is given, write a description. Do not italicize.
  3. Year of publication: Give the year of publication.
  4. Archival number: Add archival number if available.
  5. Name of place, city, country: Give the name of the city in which the publishing entity was located at the time of publication.

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

Author(s). Title of the item. Year of publication; No. Archival number. Located at: Name of place, city, country.

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


A vintage book part of a special collections

Chaucer G. The Canterbury Tales. Circa 1400-10; Harley MS 7334. Located at: British Library, London, England.

A WWI poster part of a special collections

Wardle A. The Empire needs Men! 1915; Art.IWM PST 5110. Located at: Imperial War Museum, London, England.

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