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How to Cite the DSM-IV in MLA

Updated March 23, 2017

Step 1

List the organization that authored the manual, followed by a period. When citing the DSM-IV, this information should appear as follows: American Psychological Association.

Step 2

List the title in italics. This information should appear as follows: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

Step 3

List the edition number, followed by a period. The word edition should be abbreviated down to "ed." This should appear as follows: 4th ed.

Step 4

List the location where the manual was published. Follow this information with a colon. The DSM-IV is published in Washington. Follow this information with the name of the publisher, which is the American Psychological Association. The name of the publisher should be followed by a comma, the year of publication, and then a period. For example: Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, 1994.

Step 5

List the medium of publication as "Print." The completed citation should appear as: American Psychological Association. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 4th ed. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association, 1994. Print.

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Tips

  • Do not forget to italicize the title of the DSM-IV.

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