Citing Government Information
Occasionally a government document will offer a suggested citation, usually on the front or back of the title page. You can often easily find all of the information needed for your citation by consulting one of the standard indexes, such as GPO’s Catalog of U.S. Government Publications or the ALICE library catalog. There is no univeral format for citing government publications just like any other source of information. The following sites provide general guidelines to be used with your selected style manual.
Online Citation Guides for Government Information
- Brief Guide to Citing Government Publications — University of Memphis
- Citing Government Information Sources Using MLA (Modern Language Association) Style [MLA] — University of Nevada, Reno
- Citing Maps for print and Internet sources. Examples are are detailed and include real time maps and interactive maps — Ohio Wesleyan University
- DocsCite step-by-step guide to putting government publication citations into proper style format. Use drop-down menus to select ALA or MLA and the appropriate template.– University of Arizona
- General Guidelines for Citing Government Publications — University North Texas
- How to Cite? from and for Lexis-Nexis Congressional covering bills, committee hearings, prints and reports, CRS reports, public laws, testimony and more.
- Citation Guides for Government Documents — University of Michigan Library, Documents Center
- Introduction to Basic Legal Citation by Peter W. Martin, Cornell University Law School LII- Examples include: Judicial Opinions, Constitutions & Statutes, Agengency Rules & Regulations.
Printed Citation Guides
- The Bluebook: a Uniform System of Citation. 18th ed. KF 245 .B55 2005 – Alden 2nd Fl Reference Desk — The authoritative guide for citing legal materials.
- Cheney, Debora. The Complete Guide to Citing Government Information Resources: a Manual for Social Science & Business Research. 3rd ed. Bethesda, MD : LexisNexis ; Congressional Information Service, c2002. Z 7164 .G7 G37 2002x – Alden 5th Fl Government Documents Service Desk — The best, most comprehensive guide to citing government documents at all levels — U.S. federal, state, and local; IGO; and foreign — and in all formats. Includes extensive coverage of electronic formats (WWW files, data files, e-mail messages, Webcasts, image files, etc.)
- Li, Xia. Electronic Styles: a Handbook for Citing Electronic Information. PN 171 .F56 L5 1996 – Alden 2nd Fl Reference Desk