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Guides to Citing U.S. Government Publications

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To create citations to U.S. federal documents using APA or MLA style: DocsCite, by Ken Furuta, Arizona State University Libraries, Government Documents Service.
http://www.asu.edu/lib/hayden/govdocs/docscite/docscite.htm
  • Utility that allows you to create a citation to a government document by filling in an online form.
  • Creates citations in either APA or MLA style.
Guide to and examples of citations using APA style: How to Cite Government Documents According to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th ed (2001), by Diana J. Keith of the Calvin T. Ryan Library, University of Nebraska at Kearney.
http://www.unk.edu/acad/library/gov_doc/about/index.php?id=8936
  • Includes general guidelines and examples for citations in the text and in reference lists.
  • Last updated April 2005; last reviewed October 27, 2009.
Guide to and examples of citations using Chicago Manual of Style: How to Cite Government Documents: A Guide Based on: The Chicago Manual of Style (15th ed, 2003), by Diana J. Keith of the Calvin T. Ryan Library, University of Nebraska at Kearney.
http://www.unk.edu/acad/library/gov_doc/about/index.php?id=35988
  • Guidelines for and examples of citations in
    • Footnote/bibliography style; and
    • In-text/reference list style
  • Last revised April 2008; last reviewed October 28, 2009.
Examples of citations using MLA style: Citing Government Information Sources Using MLA (Modern Language Association) Style, by Audrey Jean Haight, Patrick Ragains, and Vicky York of the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries.
http://www.knowledgecenter.unr.edu/subjects/guides/government/cite.html
  • Sample citations for more than 20 different kinds of U.S. documents.
  • Last updated June 22, 2009.
Guide to and examples of citations using Turabian style: How to Cite Government Documents: A Guide Based on: A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations by Kate L. Turabian (6th ed, 1996), by Diana J. Keith of the Calvin T. Ryan Library, University of Nebraska at Kearney.
http://www.unk.edu/acad/library/gov_doc/about/index.php?id=34846
  • Includes general guidelines and examples for citations in the text and in reference lists.
  • Last updated April 2005; last reviewed March 25, 2008.
Most comprehensive government documents citation guide (not specific to any one style): The Complete Guide to Citing Government Information Resources: A Manual for Social Science & Business Research, revised edition by Debora Cheney. 3rd ed. Bethesda, MD: LexisNexis; Congressional Information Service, c2002.
  • Print resource, located at the Memorial Library Reference Desk, call number J9.5 G37 2002
  • Also available at Steenbock Library stacks, and Wendt Library stacks, call number J9.5 G37 2002
  • Older edition: The Complete Guide to Citing Government Information Resources: A Manual for Writers & Librarians, by Diane Garner, et al, for the Government Documents Round Table, American Library Association. Rev. ed. Bethesda, MD: Congressional Information Service, 1993.
    • Print resource, located at the Memorial Library Regular Stacks, Steenbock Library stacks, and Wendt Library stacks, call number J9.5 G38 1993.
    • Also available in the reference departments of Law and School of Library & Information Studies libraries.
General guide to citing government documents: General Guidelines for Citing Government Publications, by the University of North Texas Libraries Government Documents Department.
http://www.library.unt.edu/govinfo/browse-topics/citation-guides-and-style-manuals/general-guidelines
  • Walks you through identifying the major elements included in citations.
  • Last updated July 23, 2008.
Information about other style manuals that cover citing goverment information: Citing Government Documents/Government Agency Style Manuals, by the University of North Texas Libraries Government Documents Department.
http://www.library.unt.edu/govinfo/browse-topics/citation-guides-and-style-manuals/citing-government-documents
  • Bibliography covering:
    • General guides to citing U.S. government documents
    • Style manuals of specific agencies (including the National Archives and Records Administration and the National Library of Medicine
    • Citing foreign government documents (Australian and Canadan)
  • Includes links to manuals available online.
  • Last updated December 07, 2008.

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