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APA Citation Style 6th Edition: J. Government Publication

This guide will help you cite sources in APA Citation Style 6th Edition.

Government Publication (p. 205)

APA Citation Style does not have a separate category for government publications.  According to APA, government documents can be considered Books, Technical/Research Reports or Brochures.

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 (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 (p. 203).
  • If there is a series or report number, include it after the title (p. 205).
  • The 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.
General Format 
 
      In-Text Citation (Paraphrase): 
      (Author Surname OR Name of Government Organization, Year)
     
      In-Text Citation (Quotation):
      (Author Surname OR Name of Government Organization, Year, page number)
 
      References:
 
 
Example 1 
 
      In-Text Citation (Paraphrase): 
      (Gilmore et al., 1999)
     
      In-Text Citation (Quotation):
      (Gilmore et al., 1999, p. 5)
 
      References:
 
 
 
Example 2
 
      In-Text Citation (Paraphrase): 
      (Edwards, Sims-Jones, Hotz, & Cushman, 1997)
     
      In-Text Citation (Quotation):
      (Edwards, Sims-Jones, Hotz, & Cushman, 1997, p. 2)
 
      References:
 

 
Example 3
 
      In-Text Citation (Paraphrase): 
      (Ontario Ministry of Health, 1994)
     
      In-Text Citation (Quotation):
      (Ontario Ministry of Health, 1994, p. 7)
 
      References:
 
 
 
Example 4 
 
      In-Text Citation (Paraphrase): 
      (U. S. Food and Drug Administration, 2004)
     
      In-Text Citation (Quotation):
      (U. S. Food and Drug Administration, 2004, p. 8)
 
      References:
 

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This guide from Queen's University gives an overview of how to cite Canadian government publications.