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Federal and State Government Information: Citing Government Documents

The Hekman Library is a depository for federal and state government information in a variety of formats.

Quick Tips

  • Most style manuals have a section on citing government documents, including example ctiations. 
  • Whether you are citing a printed document or an electronic document, the record in the library's online catalog can help you to identify the different elements required.
  • Some 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 (APA Manual, 6th ed.,ex. 31, p.205).
    • 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 (APA Manual, p. 203).
    • If there is a series or report number, include it after the title in parentheses (APA Manual, p. 205).
    • The Publication Manual of the APA (or APA 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.

Online Resources for Government Documents Citation.