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Citation Style Guides: Government Information

General Form

Author-last name, first initials. (Date). Title (Report number).

      Location: Publisher.

 

If it is an agency, list the parent agency and the authoring agency. If it is an online item, instead of identifying location and publisher, insert "Retrieved from [URL]" Remember, in APA, do not insert a period after a URL.

Examples

Author - print Sec 7.03:

James, D. J. & Glaze, L. E. (2006).  Mental health

      problems of prison and jail inmates (NJC 213

      6000).  Washington, D.C.: U.S. Department of

      Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of

      Justice Statistics.

 

 


Agency - print Sec 7.03:

 

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,

     National Institutes of Health, National Heart,

     Lung, and Blood Institute.  (2003). Managing

     asthma: A guide for schools (NIH Publication

     No. 02-2650).  Washington, D.C.: GPO.

 


Agency - online

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,

      National Institutes of Health, National Heart,

      Lung, and Blood Institute.  (2003). Managing

      asthma: A guide for schools (NIH Publication

      No. 02-2650).  Retrieved from http://www.nhlbi

      .nih.gov/health/prof/lung/asthma/asth_sch.pdf

 


U.S. Federal Statute/ U.S. Code Sec. 7.04:

Mental Health Systems Act, 42 U.S.C. Sec. 9401

      (1988). 

 

APA Style prefers citations like this to be included in-text and not cited in the bibliography.

(Mental Health Systems Act of 1988). 

 

 


Public Law

Carl D. Perkins Vocational and Applied Technology

     Education Amendments of 1998, Pub. L. No. 105-

     332. 112 Stat. 3076 (1998). 

 

Volume 112 of the U.S. Statutes at Large, beginning on page 3076. 

 


Legal Cases Sec. 7.03:

Brown v. Board of Educ., 347 U.S. 483 (1954).

 

Volume 347 of the United States Reports, starting on page 483.

 

APA Style allows for in-text citations (Brown v. Board of Educ., 1954).

 


House or Senate Bill:

Conservation and Reinvestment Act of 1998,

      S. 25, 106th Cong. (1999).

 

This is the same format for a Congressional resolution.

If passed into law, cite them as public laws.

 


Congressional Hearing:

Investigation of Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce:

     Hearing before the Special Committee to Investigate

     Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce, 82nd Cong.

     1175 (1950).

 

"1175" refers to the page where you begin referencing content.

 


Presidential Documents:

Bush, G. W.  Address before a joint session of

      the Congress on the state of the union,

      January 20, 2004.  Public Papers of the

      Presidents of the United States: George

      W. Bush (pp. 94-101).  Retrieved from

      GPO Access database. http://www.gpo

      access.gov/index.html

 


Treaties - Print:

APA Style does not describe how to properly cite treaties. 

You need to include the source.

 

Fisheries off the United States Coast Agreement,

      United States-Cuba, April 27, 1977.  (TIAS

      8689). United States Treaties and Other

     International Agreements, Vol. 28 (pp. 6770-

      6874).

 

TIAS = Treaties and other International Acts Series, government publication post-1950.

 


Treaties - Online:

 

APA Style does not describe how to properly cite treaties.

You need to include the source.

 

WIPO Copyright Treaty, United States-WIPO,

      July 28, 1997.  (Treaty Doc. 105-17).

     Retrieved from GPO database. http://www.

     gpo.gov/


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