Citing government documents can be tricky. They are published in many different formats, including Congressional committee reports, Federal regulations, public laws, and more. But that should not stop you from using, and properly citing, a government document in your paper or listing it in your sources cited. The challenges of citing a government document may stem from the fact that government entities do not always conform to standard publishing guidelines. A title may vary, even in the same document; the copyright date may not be included; or any one of a number of other discrepancies may pop up when it’s you are trying to complete your bibliography. Purdue’s Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides guidelines for simple government citations. But if your sources are more complex, check these online and print options:
MLA handbook for Writers of Research Papers. Call # LB2369 .G53 2009. Copies located in the first floor reference collection and from Library Help on the second floor.
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Call # BF76.7 .P83 2010. Copies located in the first floor reference collection and from Library Help on the second floor.
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