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Former EBM I Literature Review Requirements: Citation Guidelines

This guide has information about the literature review assignment for the Evidence Based Medicine I course at NEOMED.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism may lead to the failure of the assignment and the course. You are expected to cite articles within the text of the paper and in the literature cited section of the paper.  Quotation marks should be placed around small direct quotations.  The quotations must also be cited within the full text of your paper. The over reliance on quotations may lead to students being asked to rewrite and resubmit their papers.

Other Writing Resources

See the chapter of the following book available via AccessPharmacy for information about literature evaluation and professional writing.

Kier KL. Drug Information and Drug Literature Evaluation. In: Nemire RE, Kier KL, Assa-Eley M. eds. Pharmacy Student Survival Guide, 3e New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2014. [cited 3/20/18]. Available here.

Style Guide

The National Library of Medicine's style guide will be used for the Literature Review assignment.

Citing within the Text

The literature should be cited within the text of your paper and in a literature cited section at the end of the paper. You should NOT cite a paper by including the title of the article within the text of your paper. You can cite within the text using the citation-sequence system or the citation-name system. Either system will be accepted for your paper in this course. If your entire paragraph is focused upon one article, you just need to cite the article once in the paragraph in the first sentence about the article.

The citation-sequence system utilizes placing a superscript number at the end of the first sentence mentioning a resource. You may also use a number in parentheses at the end of the first sentence. You would begin with the number one and progress from that point. In your literature cited section, resources are placed in numerical order not by alphabetical order of the first author.

Superscript number system

The superscript number system uses a superscript number at the end of the sentence to cite a particular resource. A variation of this method places the number in brackets at the end of the sentence.  In the literature cited section of the paper, resources are listed in numerical order. This order is based on the order resources are cited within the paper. Resources are not placed in the alphabetical order of the first author as in the citation name method.

Drug A was found to be more effective than drug B in the previous study2.

Drug A was found to be more effective than drug B in the previous study (2).

 

The following article uses the numerical system for citing within the text of the paper.

1. Maris P, Blomme A, Palacios AP, et al. Asporin Is a Fibroblast-Derived TGF-β1 Inhibitor and a Tumor Suppressor Associated with Good Prognosis in Breast Cancer. PLoS Med. 2015;12(9):e1001871. Availalable from:                                                http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/fetchObject.action?uri=info:doi/10.1371/journal.pmed.1001871&representation=PDF


Citation-Name System

The citation-name system is the other possible method to use to cite your references within the text.

At the beginning of a sentence you would use:

Smith (2009) studied the effects of ….

Smith and Jones (2009) studied the effects of ….

Folkman, et al. (2005) studied the effects of ….

At the end of a sentence you would use:

… found the first drug to be most effective (Smith, 2009). … found the first drug to be most effective (Smith and Jones, 2009). … found the first drug to be most effective (Folkman, et al., 2005).

An example of the citation-name can be found in the following chapter of this e-book:

Ferretti J, Köhler W. History of Streptococcal research. In: Ferretti JJ, Stevens DL, Fischetti VA, editors. Streptococcus pyogenes: basic biology to clinical manifestations [Internet]. Oklahoma City (OK): University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center; 2016-. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK333430/. Do not hyperlink your cited resources as in this resource.

For more help citing resources within the literature cited section of the paper, see the Citing Resources library guide.

Examples of Citations in the National Library of Medicine Style

AMA Style Citation Generator

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