Citing Government Information
Learning how to cite legal documents and Congressional records is an important aspect of scholarly research and writing. Learn to decipher the elements of information you have in your document to help you cite properly and accurately. Many government publications and websites can be cited using the standard citation style required by your professor or discipline, but make sure the guide you use is the latest edition.
Some databases provide links to citations in a variety of formats. ALWAYS double-check to see that the citation style is the current version as not all citations will be updated.
When deciding between a person and agency as author, it is common practice to cite the agency as authorial responsibility, but always check!
Diana Hacker's APA Style: Documenting Sources
See example #53 for government document citations in the "List of References" page.
APA Citation Style, 6th edition: Government Publication (George Washington University)
Diana Hacker’s MLA Style: Documenting Sources
Site is for all types of information sources, but includes section on legal and government citations. (See examples #73 and 74 in the "List of Works Cited" page.
Citing Government Information Sources Using MLA (University of Nevada, Reno)
Diana Hacker's Chicago Style: Documenting Sources
See example #40 for government documents in the "Model Notes and Bibliography" page.
Chicago-Style Citation Quick Guide for Government Publications (Bowdoin University)
Diana Hacker's CSE Style: Documenting Sources
See example #17 for government reports in the "Reference List" page.
The Bluebook: a Uniform System of Citation (see CSUSM Research Help Desk)
University of Chicago Law Review Style Sheet (known as the Maroon Book)
Reviews legal citation formats and citing sources commonly found in law research.
Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (Cornell University)
Various Federal government agencies provide help in citing their materials. The formats may NOT be in the most current version of the style manual, so review carefully. Here are some sample sites:
- National Library of Medicine and specific MedLine instructions and Citing Medicine
- National Center for Health Statistics: Print and Electronic
- Citing Records in the National Archives of the United States (how to include repository, series and record numbers in the citation.)
- Library of Congress (Specifically for online sources from American Memory and addresses citing visual media as well as text.)
- U.S. Congressional Documents (Library of Congress, based on the Bluebook and Chicago styles for examples of citing statutes, bills and other Congressional materials.
DocsCite (Specifically for government documents from University of Arizona, using APA or MLA)
Last Update: 02 Oct 01:54