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Online Resources for the American Medical Association Manual of Style
The American Medical Association (AMA) Manual of Style is ‘a must-have guide for anyone involved in medical and scientific publishing,’ and the 10th edition is now available online at http://bit.ly/1Wt4U46 as well as in a traditional print copy. Those wishing to purchase either version are sent to the web site of the Oxford University Press, where three options are available at http://bit.ly/1RoBBLH manual of style. The cost for the online version is £42.00 for a one-year individual subscription, while the hardback is priced at £44.99, and the special bundle package including both the print version and a one-year online subscription can be purchased for £65.00. For customers in North and South America, the same options are available in US prices from the Oxford University Press USA web site.
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The benefits of the online AMA Manual over the print version include the ease with which it can be searched, ongoing corrections and updates, and some additional features. Content is provided on screen, in printer-friendly versions and in pdf files, and diagrams, tables and charts can be downloaded as pdfs or Power Point slides. Users can save their own annotations in a personalised area along with the chapters and searches they use frequently, which allows these elements to be accessed quickly. An SI Conversion Calculator page at http://bit.ly/1PdSF5K contains two handy tables, and there are also monthly quizzes linked to specific sections of the Manual that cover a variety of topics associated with preparing an article for submission, developing an effective style, using terminology correctly and other aspects of scientific writing. The quizzes are available at http://bit.ly/1QWiM40 and can be downloaded as pdfs, with each quiz and its answers provided as separate files, making them particularly useful for teaching purposes.

Most of the AMA Manual’s online resources are available only to subscribers, but the quizzes and answers can be downloaded by anyone, though their use in the classroom appears to be free only for subscribers. The SI Conversion Calculator is also open access, and a list of updates and corrections for customers who use the print version of the Manual and want to keep it up to date can be downloaded free of charge at http://bit.ly/1gqo2iA. An introductory tour of the site is available at http://bit.ly/1R0MA0Z, and the Manual’s Table of Contents can be viewed at http://bit.ly/1F0K2O6.

Unfortunately, it seems that the online AMA Manual has not proved quite as easy to use as its designers had hoped, with a recent survey indicating that some customers are having difficulties when navigating the web site. This problem has recently been addressed, however, in a new pdf guide to ‘Searching the AMA Manual of Style Online’ that can be accessed at http://bit.ly/1U9oXaB. Offered instead of a quiz this month, it describes four main ways to search the online Manual, so if you have used the AMA Manual of Style web site in the past and found it unfriendly, you may want to give it another try with this guide in hand.

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