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Citing DSM-5 Print Page

About the DSM-5

The APA Web site provides a definition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM) as well as information about its history and development.

There are two DSM-5 books available in the library.  One is located in the Reference collection for in-library use only.  The other is located at the Circulation Desk and is on Reserve.  Come to the Circulation Desk to request the DSM-5.

Citing the DSM-5

How do I Cite the DSM-5 in APA style?

Make sure to change parts in red to match your specific entry.

Entire print book.

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and

      statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.).

      Washington, DC: Author.

Text citation:

(American Psychiatric Association, 2013)

Reference List

Individual entry from the print DSM-5

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Schizoaffective disorder. In Diagnostic

   and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.), (pp. 105-110). Arlington, VA.

For details, please review the information available on the APA blog.

Learn More

The Online Writing Lab at Purdue University offers an online resource which can be used in some cases.  However, it does not include everything required for citing sources in one place.

The APA citation style does not cover Canadian government sources, and has only a limited section on American government resources.

Please refer to the staff at the Library Reference Desk for clarification when citing Canadian government sources.


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