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Citation Style Guides: Government Information

General Form

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

      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 10.4:

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

      problems of prison and jail inmates (NJC 213

      6000). U.S. Department of Justice, Office of

      Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice

      Statistics.

 

 


Agency - print Sec 10.4:

 

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).

 


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). 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 of 1988, 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, 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. 11.4:

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

  • Volume 347 of the United States Reports, starting on page 483.
  • If you can locate an online link, you should include that at the end of the citation.
  • APA Style allows for in-text citations (Brown v. Board of Education, 1954).

 


House or Senate Bill (unenacted):

Conservation and Reinvestment, S. 25, 106th

      Cong. (1999).

  • If passed into law, cite them as public laws.
  • This is the same format for a Congressional resolution.

 


Congressional Hearing:

Investigation of Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce:

     Hearing before the Special Committee to Investigate

     Organized Crime in Interstate Commerce, 82nd Cong.

     (1950).

 


Presidential Documents:

The 7th edition is not clear on how to cite presidential papers.

 

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). http://www.gpo

      access.gov/index.html

 


Treaties Sec. 11.10

 

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.
  • APA does not appear too concerned with printed documents.  The above example is a suggestion for a document not found online

 

 

WIPO Copyright Treaty, United States-WIPO,

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

     http://www.gpo.gov/


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