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Counseling: Reference


The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the most comprehensive resource used by health professionals, social workers, and forensic and legal specialists to diagnose and classify mental disorders.

The latest edition is DSM-5. For earlier editions, search in NUsearch to find paper copies.

Reference Tools

Guidebooks and directories provide a wealth of information about resources on counseling, including specific disorders and related topics.

Dictionaries help to clarify terminology by providing definitions of terms and can be a good source of potential keywords for searches in the catalog or databases.

Encyclopedias provide background information on key concepts, theories and measures related to your topic. Encyclopedia articles typically provide references to further readings where you can find additional detailed information on your topic.

Handbooks provide more in-depth information and practical guidance about specific topics within the field of counseling. Here are some examples.