Access the DSM-5 and more online

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 57, No. 1, January February 2015, Page 29 College Library

PsychiatryOnline, a collection of e-books and journals, is now available via the College Library! Online access to publications from the American Psychiatric Association includes the new DSM-5 and associated books, as well as texts such as the American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychiatry. There are also more specific titles for geriatrics, pediatrics, therapeutics, traumatic brain injury, and veterans.

The PsychiatryOnline package contains American Psychiatric Association guidelines and four e-journals, including the American Journal of Psychiatry and Psychiatric Services. To access PsychiatryOnline, go to the library website ( and click on the Books and Journals heading. Under the E-books heading, click on PsychiatryOnline. You will be asked to log in (using the same login you use to renew your College membership each year).

Once logged in to PsychiatryOnline, you will see a picture of DSM-5. To read this e-book, click on Explore the new edition. To view other titles, go to the light-blue menu bar at the top of the page and select DSM library (for DSM-associated books), Books, Journals, or APA Guidelines. A search feature is available on the right-hand side of the webpage. Enter a topic of interest, and click on the search button to see results from journals, books, and patient handouts. Filters are available to limit the results by publication type, date, or other parameters.

PsychiatryOnline complements the library’s other psychiatry-related online resources including PsycINFO (found on the Databases page) and the Clinical Handbook of Psychotropic Drugs Online, found on the Point of Care Tools page.
—Niki Baumann, Librarian


This article is the opinion of the Library of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC and has not been peer reviewed by the BCMJ Editorial Board.

Niki Baumann. Access the DSM-5 and more online. BCMJ, Vol. 57, No. 1, January, February, 2015, Page(s) 29 - College Library.

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