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The public may reproduce without permission information from the National Institute of Mental Health Web site, except for documents that state another copyright policy applies to them. Restrictions on the reproduction of a document may arise if a private party has sponsored it. The NIMH, however, is the sole sponsor of most of the information on this site.

Although authors do not have to acknowledge using, in their own publications, information from this Web site, the NIMH appreciates and recommends bibliographic citations. These help direct the public to the resources NIMH offers.

The NIMH suggests the following citation format:

General Example:

National Institute of Mental Health. Title [Content Type on the Internet]. Secondary Title. Edition. Bethesda (MD): National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, US Department of Health and Human Services; Year of Publication/Printing [Date of Update/Revision/Reprinting; Date of Citation]. Extent. (NIH Publication No XXX-XX-XXXX). Availability. Notes.

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Specific Examples:

National Institute of Mental Health. Childhood-Onset Schizophrenia: An Update from the National Institute of Mental Health. Bethesda (MD): National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, US Department of Health and Human Services; 2003 [cited Year Month Day]. (NIH Publication Number: NIH 04-5124). 4 pages. Available from: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/schizkids.cfm

National Institute of Mental Health. Mutant Gene Linked to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder [news release on the Internet]. Bethesda (MD): National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, US Department of Health and Human Services; 2003 [cited 2004 Jan 26]. Available from: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/press/prmutationa.cfm

National Institute of Mental Health. Depression. Bethesda (MD): National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, US Department of Health and Human Services; 2000 [reprinted 2002; cited 2004 January 26]. (NIH Publication Number: NIH 02-3561). 23 pages. Available from: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/depression.cfm

National Institute of Mental Health. Bipolar Disorder. Bethesda (MD): National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, US Department of Health and Human Services; 2001 [reprinted 2002; cited 2004 January 26]. (NIH Publication Number: NIH 02-3679). 26 pages. Available from: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/bipolar.cfm

National Institute of Mental Health. Schizophrenia. Bethesda (MD): National Institute of Mental Health, National Institutes of Health, US Department of Health and Human Services; 1999 [reprinted 2002; cited 2004 January 26]. (NIH Publication Number: NIH 02-3517). 32 pages. Available from: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/publicat/schizoph.cfm

For more detailed information, consult the National Library of Medicine's "Recommended Formats for Bibliographic Citation-Supplement: Internet Formats" (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/formats/internet.pdf).

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