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How to Cite the DSM-IV in MLA

by Forest Time, Demand Media

    The American Psychological Association (APA) publishes the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders as the standard manual for psychological disorders. The fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders is sometimes referred to as the DSM-IV. When citing the DSM-IV according to Modern Language Association (MLA) format, treat the DSM-IV as you would any manual with a corporate author.

    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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    Tip

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

    About the Author

    Forest Time has been writing for over a decade. During this time, he founded and edited a short-lived literary magazine, received several prizes for his poetry and published a master's thesis on Cambodian history. He received his Master of Arts in Asian history from the University of Maine at Orono in 2007.

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