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Nursing: Source Categories & Styles

Title Page

NOTE:  Unfortunately the AMA Manual of Style is not very specific on formats to use, including a format for the Title Page. Be sure and check with your instructor or the publisher to whom you are submitting a paper for more specific formatting rules.


The primary goal of a title should be to summarize the main idea(s) of your paper simply and clearly. The title should be positioned in the upper half of the page and centered. Do not bold, underline, or italicize the title.

Author Information

Include your first name, middle initial(s), and last name. Omit all titles (e.g. Dr., Professor) and degrees (e.g. MA, PhD, EdD), if applicable.

Center and double space your name and the name of your college, university, or institution.


The abstract should include the following sections: The study objective, background or context of the research; the main ideas explored and/or the study design and method; and the prinicple conclusions and/or the results of the study.


List 3-10 key words at the end of your abstract


 Adherence to a mixture of raw food-based diets and their effects on disease and illness.

Andrea D. Comer

Western Oregon University




Objective: To further analyze the effects consumption of a plant based diet will have on conditions of chronic disease and other illnesses. Methods: We used tertiary data extracted from previous literature analysis pertaining to our topic of interest. Results: While there are proven benefits to eating a diet focused on raw foods in a short time span, more evidence is needed to show that a raw food diet alone can consistently have positive effects on disease and illness for long term adherents.

Key Words:  Raw diet, uncooked health benefits, disease prevention, vegan, B12, obesity, food-borne illness, energy deficiency.


Main Body

Your paper should:

  • Include a page number on every page (typically in the upper right corner). Often, the author is included with the page number.
  • Be double spaced
  • Have 1-inch margins
  • Be typed in 12-point Times font
  • Indent paragraphs ½ inch


Many papers will use the Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion format. However, not all papers will fit this model. Use appropriate headings and subheadings when organizing your paper.


A consistent style and typeface should be used for head level of heading. Example: Main Heading, Subheading. 

Headings should reflect the logic and structure of your paper.







Example Heading/Subheading:



The basic ideas of a “living-food” or “raw food” diets are consuming all or primarily uncooked foods. These diets are a subset of vegan diets consisting of fruit, berries, vegetables, mushrooms, nuts, seeds, legumes, and cereals.2,4,7 Many variants of the raw food diet exist and there is no one definition.Some articles required that 40%-85% of an individual’s total dietary intake contain uncooked foods in order to be considered raw. High plant protein diets did include a small intake of meat products.2,3,8

Because AMA formatting is dependent on the publisher where you may be submitting research, it is helpful to pick a source for guidelines and be consistent with those guidelines.