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How Do I Cite a Government Document Using APA?

PRINT/MICROFORM

Basic Format

  • Author/Agency's name. (Date of publication). Title of document (Publication number -- if applicable). Place of publication: Name of publisher.
A Print Government Document
  • 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.

ELECTRONIC

Basic Format

  • Author/Agency's name. (Date of publication). Title of document (Publication number -- if applicable). Date of retrieval, from Name of site: URL
An Electronic Government Document
  • National Institute of Mental Health. (2002). Breaking ground, breaking through: The strategic plan for mood disorders research of the National Institute of Mental Health (Publication No. 0507-B-05). Retrieved January 19, 2005, from NIMH Web site via GPO Access: http://purl.access.gpo.gov/GPO/LPS20906
If your source does not appear in this guide or for further information or examples, consult the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th edition) (Call Number: Ref BF76.7 .P83 2001 ) available in the Ready Reference Collection at the Information Desk or in the Reference Collection. You can also refer to the Instruction Office's list of resources; we specifically recommend Purdue's Online Writing Lab (OWL). You can also contact the SIUE Writing Center or visit APA's site.