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Citing Government Documents



Basic resources on citing government documents

About This Guide

A resource for citing Government Documents. Government Documents vary in format and do not follow standard commercial publishing practices. Many U.S. government document citations require use of the Superintendent of Documents call number. APA, MLA and other style manuals have sections for government publications.

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Citation Management and Formatting
  • Citation management tools at BC. Search for government publications.


Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. 18th ed. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Law Review Association, 2005. (O'Neill Stacks and O'Neill Reference Desk KF245.B58)
A uniform system of citation for the full gamut of legal documents, American and foreign compiled by Ivy League Law Review editors.

Garner, Diane and Diane H. Smith. The Complete Guide to Citing Government Information Resources: A Manual for Writers & Librarians. Bethesda, MD: Congressional Information Service, 1993. (O'Neill Reference Desk J9.5 .G37x 1993 )
This authority on citing government documents includes chapters on United States Documents; State, Local and Regional Documents; and International Documents in print and microform only.

Li, Xia and Nancy B. Crane. Electronic Style: a Guide to Citing Electronic Information. Westport, CT: Mecklermedia, 1996. (O'Neill Reference Desk PN171.D37 L5 1996)
Chapter 5 focuses on U.S. Government Documents, Legal Sources and International Documents in APA embellished style; chapter 12, in MLA embellished style.

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