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APA Style Guide: 7th Edition


It is common, but not required, to identify the title (and edition) of a diagnostic manual in the text. The examples below may be found in the APA Manual (7th ed.) on page 324. 

Reference Information

American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental health disorders (5th ed.).

In-text Citation Guidelines



Initial parenthetical citation with abbreviation included


Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (5th ed.; DSM-5; American Psychiatric Association, 2013)


Subsequent parenthetical citation


(American Psychiatric Association, 2013)


Initial narrative citation with abbreviation included


American Psychiatric Association's (2013) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders (5th ed.; DSM-5) ...


Subsequent narrative citation

American Psychiatric Association (2013)

Remember, in-text citation formatting may change depending on a number of factors.

See Number of Authors, Publication Date, and Page/Paragraph Number or Heading for more information.  

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