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ADA Citation Examples & Reference List Rules

The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Citation Style (ADA)

This style provides the rules for formatting academic works in the field of nutrition. It uses a modified version of the American Medical Association Manual of Style, 10th edition for references.

For examples of citations in the JAND/ADA style, see the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, shelved alphabetically by title in the Crown Library's Print Holdings, lower level.

For more information on the AMA style, see the American Medical Association Manual of Style Online, or the 10th edition is available in print at the Rebecca Crown Library: Reference Collection (Non-Circulating), REF. R119.A533 2007. 

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For examples of most common sources and general notes on reference lists see this guide.

Citation Examples

Scholarly Journal Articles

Basic Format

Author AA. Title of article. Title of Journal. Year; Volume(Issue):Pages.


Seagle HM, Strain GW, Makris A, Reeves RS. Position of the American Dietetic Association: weight management. J Am Diet Assoc. 2009;109(2):330-346.


Basic Format

Author AA. Title of Book. Publisher City, Publisher State Abbreviation: Publisher; Year.


Whitney E, Rolfes SR. Understanding Nutrition. 12 th ed. Belmont,CA; Wadsworth;  2011

Government Publications

Basic Format

Author. Title. Publisher City, Publisher State Abbreviation; Publisher; Year.


U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. 7th Edition. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office; 2010.


Basic Format

Author AA. Title of article. Name of web site. Web site url: .Publication month date, year. Access month date, year.


DeNoon DJ. FDA Panel Opposes New Type of Diabetes Drug. WebMD Web site. Available at : Published July 19, 2011. Accessed May 30th 2014. 

Reference Lists


  • References should be listed in the order that they appear in the academic work. 
  • References should be single-spaced within each listing and double-spaced between each listing. 
  • References must include al author names for a source; do not use "et al." 
  • List the authors' names in the order that they appear in the published source. This order is determined by their role in the research described in the article. Do not list the names alphabetically. 
  • When listing an author's name, use the last name first, followed by the first and middle initials. There is no comma after the last name, and no commas, spaces, or periods between first and middle initials. 
  • With the exception of the first word and proper nouns, the title of an article should be in all lowercase letters. 
  • Abbreviate periodical titles according to the US National Library of Medicine's list of biographic data found at ; if a title does not appear on these list, provide the complete title. 
  • One-word journal titles are written in full. Examples: Pediatrics, Cancer, Diabetes
  • Periodical and book titles are italicized and capitalized. 
  • For periodicals, there is no space between the year, the volume, or the page numbers. 
  • Page numbers are always written at "57-259" not "257-59." 
  • Web site materials that is only online (i.e. not an online version of a journal or other print publication) should include author or organization, the title of the page, the URL, and the access date. The title should not be italicized. 
  • Publication and update dates, and access dates for Internet sites cited must be included. For example: Smith J. Risk Factors for Cancer. Cancer Risk Factors Web site. Published December 1, 2000. Updated January 15, 2008. Accessed February 1, 2008.

This page was adapted with permission from Bob Jones University Mack Library's Guide to Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Citation for Nutrition.