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How do I cite government publications?

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Government publications can be difficult to cite, because you need to know the agency or department responsible for the report and document identifying information.  Purdue OWL and physical citation guides (located in the library’s Reference area) give general instructions on how to cite government publications.  Many of these government publications are now available electronically.  


Here is an example from Purdue OWL in APA style:


National Institute of Mental Health. (1990). Clinical training in serious mental illness (DHHS

Publication No. ADM 90-1679). Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office.


For government publications housed in or accessed through the GWU library, you can find citation information in Bulldog OneSearch by clicking on the arrow and selecting “Cite record.”

For online resources, see:


Citing U.S. Government Publications - A detailed guide from the Indiana University - Bloomington Libraries


DocsCite - a step-by-step guide to putting government publication citations into proper style format (APA or MLA) using a template; from Arizona State University.