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How Do I Cite a Government Document Using MLA 7th Edition?

PRINT/MICROFORM

Basic Format

  • Author/Agency's name. Title of document. Place of publication: Name of publisher, Date of publication. Medium of publication.

A Print Government Document

  • United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa. Industrial Growth in Africa. New York: United Nations, 1963. Print.
  • United States. National Bioethics Advisory Commission. Ethical Issues in Human Stem Cell Research. Rockville, MD: National Bioethics Advisory Commission, 1999. Print.

ELECTRONIC

NOTE: "You should include a URL as supplementary information only when the reader probably cannot locate the source without it or when your instructor requires it. If you present a URL, give it immediately following the date of access, a period, and a space. Enclose the URL in angle brackets, and conclude with a period."

Basic Format

  • Author/Agency's name. Title of document. Place of publication: Name of publisher, Date of publication. Medium of publication. Date of access. <URL>.

An Electronic Government Document

  • United States. Dept. of Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Law Enforcement and Juvenile Crime. Washington: GPO, 2001. Web. 29 June 2002. <http://www.ncjrs.org/pdffiles1/ojjdp/191031.pdf>.

If your source does not appear in this guide or for further information or examples, consult the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (Call Number: Ref LB2369 .G53 2003 ) 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 MLA's site.

Updated April 16, 2009