Q. How do I cite a government document or legal publication in my research paper?


Our Citation and Style Guides Web page provides general guidelines for citing various types of publication, including government documents and legal publications.

Citation Guides and Style Manuals for Government Publications provides guidelines and examples for citing government documents in specific styles; provides guidelines for citing documents from specific government agencies; and provides guidelines on how to prepare certain types of documents for publication. 

DocsCite, a service provided by the Arizona State University Libraries, automatically constructs a citation for you in MLA or APA format, based on information you enter.

Several style manuals are available at the Eagle Commons Library Service Desk.

If you are writing for a class or for publication, your instructor or publisher is always the final authority to consult for determining which style to use as well as for determining the proper format for a specific citation.

In order to avoid last-minute deadline crises, we recommend that you always make a photocopy of the title page, and/or write down the call number of any government publication you use for research projects. Without this information, it is extremely difficult to relocate a document you may need for writing your bibliography.

  • Last Updated Mar 20, 2018
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  • Answered By Dianne Jansing

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