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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, Chicago and other style manuals have sections addressing how to cite government publications.

Web Sites

Library Resources


Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. 18th ed. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Law Review Association, 2005. 
A uniform system of citation for legal documents, 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. 
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. 
Chapter 5 focuses on U.S. Government Documents, Legal Sources and International Documents in APA embellished style; chapter 12, in MLA embellished style.