Government Information: Citing
Citing Government Publications
Citation varies between MLA, APA, Chicago, and other style guides, but generally speaking government documents are cited as:
Printed Government Document
Name of Government Department, Agency or Committee. (Year of Publication). Title of document: Subtitle (edition if applicable). Publisher Name.
(Name of Government Department, Agency or Committee, Year, p. Page Number)
Name of Act, public law number, (year).
(Name of Act, public law number, year)
Bill or Resolution (including those that are unpassed)
Title [if applicable], bill or resolution number, xxx Cong. (year).
(Title, year, S. #, "section title")
Name of Government Department, Agency or Committee. (Year of Publication, Month Day). Title of document: Subtitle (edition if given). Publisher
(Name of Government Department, Agency or Committee, Year)
Name v. Name, Volume Source Page (Court Date).
(Name v. Name, date)
Below are additional resources:
Citation Guides (University of Nebraska, Kearney)
Helpful hints for MLA, APA, ASA, and Chicago Turabian styles of in-text and works cited citations.
Citation Samples for Government Information Sources: MLA Style
Created by the University of Nevada, Reno.
How to Cite US Government Documents in MLA, APA Citation Style prepared by Cornell University Library.
For more options, see Citing Government Documents hosted by Columbia University or
For older documents, check
Citing Government Documents: The complete guide to citing government information resources : a manual for writers & librarians. (at PSU Library) Call Number Z7164 .G7 G37 1993
- The Bluebook byCall Number: PSU Library Ready Reference -- 2nd floor KF245 .B58 2020ISBN: 9780578666150Publication Date: 2020-05-20Provides guidance on citing court cases, legislation, bills, statutes, administrative codes, executive materials, and other government publications.