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Citing Government Information

Government documents can be confusing to cite. They can take the form of anything from an informational pamphlet to a Congressional debate and everything in between. Here are some resources to help you cite government publications.

Helpful Tips:

  • Treat a government document as a book, report, or brochure.
  • If a person is named on the title page, use her or him as author.
  • If no person is named, use the government agency, department, or branch as a group author
  • Give the name of the group author exactly as it appears on the title page. If the branch or agency is not well known, include its higher department first.
  • If the group author is also the publisher, just use the word Author after the location
  • If there is a series or report number, include it after the title
  • The manual refers to the GPO (U.S. Gov. Printing Office). Canadian equivalents may be: Queen’s Printer, Ministry of Supply and Services, Canadian Government Publishing, etc.

General Format

      In-Text Citation (Paraphrase): 
      (Government Author, Year)
     
      In-Text Citation (Quotation):
      (Government Author, Year, page or paragraph number [if available])
 
      References:
      Government Name. Name of Government Agency. (Year). Title of document: Subtitle
            (Report No. xxx [if available]). Retrieved from URL
  
Example
 
      In-Text Citation (Paraphrase): 
      (Environment Canada, 2004)
 
      In-Text Citation (Quotation):
      (Environment Canada, 2004)
 
      References:
      Environment Canada. Canadian Wildlife Service. (2004). The 1995 peregrine falcon
            survey in Canada. U. Banasch & G. Holroyd (Eds). (Occasional Paper no. 110).
            Retrieved from http://www.cws-scf.ec.gc.ca/publications/AbstractTemplate.cfm
            ?lang=e&id=1067

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