Citing Government Documents
Government documents can be more difficult to cite properly than standard books and journals, due to the specific nature of some of the documents. This is a short bibliography of guides to citation format which are useful for the researcher using government documents.
- The Bluebook: a Uniform System of Citation. 16th ed.
KF 245 .B58 1996g - Lehman Reference The authoritative guide for citing legal materials.
- Cheney, Debora.
The Complete Guide to Citing Government Information Resources: a Manual for Social Science
& Business Research.
3rd ed. Bethesda, MD : LexisNexis ; Congressional Information Service, c2002.
J 9.5 .G37 2002g - Lehman Reference Desk
The best, most comprehensive guide to citing government documents at all levels -- U.S. federal, state, and local; IGO; and foreign -- and in all formats. Includes extensive coverage of electronic formats (website files, data files, e-mail messages, webcasts, image files, etc.)
- Citing U.S. Government Publications
A detailed guide from the Indiana University - Bloomington Libraries, based on the Cheney guide, above.
- Citing Records in the National Archives of the United States.
Washington, DC : National Archives and Records Administration, 2007.
AE 1.113:17/2007 - Offsite
DocsCite is a step-by-step guide to putting government publication citations into proper style format (APA or MLA) using a template; from Arizona State University.
- Guide to Citing Government Information Sources in a Bibliography (Modern Language Association Style)
Good basic examples, including an electronic bill via GPO, and a file from a CD-ROM; from the University of Montana.
- Harnack, Andrew.
Online!: a Reference Guide to Using Internet Sources.
New York : St. Martins Press, 2001.
TK 5105.875 .I57 H364 2001g - Lehman Reference
The section on "Citation Styles" has examples using APA, Chicago, CBE, and MLA styles, and includes examples of government publications.
- How to Cite
An extensive series of pages from ProQuest Congressional, with examples of all types of government documents.
- Li, Xia.
Electronic Styles: a Handbook for Citing Electronic Information.
PN 171 .F56 L5 1996 - Lehman Reference
- Walker, Janice R.
The Columbia Guide to Online Style. 2nd ed.
New York : Columbia University Press, c2006.
PN 171.F56 W35 2006 - Lehman