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Citing NIMH Information and Publications

Here are some important considerations when citing NIMH information or publications to ensure that someone else can locate the material:

  • The “author” of any NIMH material is almost always “The National Institute of Mental Health,” rather than an individual person, unless specified otherwise.
  • Include a complete title whenever possible, even though the title may be long, in order to differentiate between that item and others with similar titles.
  • For publications, it is always desirable to identify the publication number (located on the back cover and/or last page of every publication).
  • If you are citing a Web page or other electronic content, it can be helpful to include the page title, full URL, and the date you retrieved the information.

There are many different citation styles from which to choose; use the citation style that is required or best fits your needs. If you have questions about citing or using NIMH publications, please contact the NIMH Information Center at 1-866-615-6464 or at

Here are some examples of how an NIMH citation may appear depending on the type of material.

Director’s Blog
Insel, T. (2015, March 6). Director's Blog: A Plan for Changing Times [Blog post]. Retrieved April 28, 2015, from

Online Publication
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health. (2015). NIMH Strategic Plan for Research (NIH Publication No. 02-2650).  Retrieved from

Press Release
National Institute of Mental Health. (2015, March 26). HIV Can Spread Early, Evolve in Patients’ Brains [Press release]. Retrieved from

Print Publication
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Mental Health.  (2015). Depression (NIH Publication No. 15-3561). Bethesda, MD: U.S. Government Printing Office.

National Institute of Mental Health. (2015, April 14). Follow that cell prize winners [Video]. Retrieved from

Web Page
National Institute of Mental Health (2013). Eating Disorders. Retrieved March 20, 2015, from

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