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Citing NIMH Information and Publications

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General Guidelines

  • The “author” of any NIMH material is almost always the “National Institute of Mental Health,” rather than an individual person, unless otherwise specified.
  • For publications, identify the publication number (located on the back cover and/or last page of every publication).
  • For webpages, include the page title, URL, and the date you retrieved the information.
  • Images in NIMH publications and on our website may not be copied or used for other purposes, even if cited.

If you have questions about citing or using NIMH publications, please get in touch with the NIMH Information Resource Center at 1-866-615-6464 or nimhinfo@nih.gov.

Citation Examples

There are many different citation styles. Use the one that best fits your needs. Here are some examples of how a citation may appear, depending on the type of material.

Director’s Message
Gordon, J.A. (2021, October 6). Director's Message: A Milestone in Mapping the Brain. Retrieved December 13, 2021, from https://www.nimh.nih.gov/about/director/messages/2021/a-milestone-in-mapping-the-brain.

Online Publication
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health. (Updated 2021). NIMH Strategic Plan for Research (NIH Publication No. 20-MH-8120). Retrieved from https://www.nimh.nih.gov/sites/default/files/documents/about/strategic-planning-reports/NIMH-Strategic-Plan-for-Research-2021-Update.pdf.  

Press Release
National Institute of Mental Health. (2021, November 17). Persistent, Distressing Psychotic-like Experiences Associated with Impairment in Youth [Press Release]. Retrieved from https://www.nimh.nih.gov/news/science-news/2021/persistent-distressing-psychotic-like-experiences-associated-with-impairment-in-youth.

Print Publication
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health. (2021). Depression (NIH Publication No. 21-MH-8079). Bethesda, MD: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Video/Audio
National Institute of Mental Health. (2021, October 26). NIMH Livestream Event on Seasonal Affective Disorder [Video]. Retrieved from https://www.nimh.nih.gov/news/events/2021/livestream-event-on-seasonal-affective-disorder.   

Webpage
National Institute of Mental Health (2021). Eating Disorders. Retrieved December 13, 2021, from https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/eating-disorders.