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There are several types of manuals that help with writing research papers. Known as style guides, they include (but are not limited to) MLA (Modern Language Association) and APA (American Psychological Association). Check with your professor to find out which specific style guidelines s/he wants you to follow when writing your paper.
AMA Manual of Style FAQs (.doc)
From Oxford University Press, publisher of the AMA Manual of Style.
AMA Style Guide
A brief guide from University of Washington.
The NLM Style Guide for authors, editors, and publishers.
International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)
Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (also known as Vancouver style) from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. These manuscript guidelines were first developed by a group of medical journal editors in 1978. They have been revised frequently and are currently followed by more than 500 biomedical journals, which include many of the requirements in their instructions to authors.
List of Journals Indexed for MEDLINE
Journals and their abbreviations from the National Library of Medicine. Search by topic, title or ISSN.
Vancouver Style: Sample References
From the National Library of Medicine. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals - aka Vancouver Style.
Web of Science
Find "who has cited who" using Web of Science. Tools include cited reference searching, Citation Maps, and the Analyze Tool.