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Bibliography Format For Government Websites

APA Citation Style does not have a separate category for government publications.  According to APA, government documents can be considered Books, Technical/Research Reports or Brochures.

      (Author Surname OR Name of Government Organization, Year)

      (Author Surname OR Name of Government Organization, Year, page number)

      Author Surname, First Initial. Second Initial. OR Government Name. Name of

            Government Agency. (Year). Title: Subtitle (Report No. xxx [if available]). Place of

            Publication: Publisher.

Example 1 


      In-Text Citation (Paraphrase): 

      (Gilmore et al., 1999)


      In-Text Citation (Quotation):

      (Gilmore et al., 1999, p. 5)



      Gilmore, J., Woollam, P., Campbell, T., McLean, B., Roch, J., & Stephens, T. (1999).

            Statistical report on the health of Canadians: Prepared by the Federal, Provincial

            and Territorial Advisory Committee on Population Health. Charlottetown, PEI:

            Health Canada, Statistics Canada, Canadian Institute for Health Information.


Example 2


      In-Text Citation (Paraphrase): 

      (Edwards, Sims-Jones, Hotz, & Cushman, 1997)


      In-Text Citation (Quotation):

      (Edwards, Sims-Jones, Hotz, & Cushman, 1997, p. 2)



      Edwards, N., Sims-Jones, N., Hotz, S., & Cushman, R. (1997). Development and

            testing components of a multifaceted intervention program to reduce the

            incidence of smoking relapse during pregnancy and post-partum of both

            women and their partners. Report prepared for Health Canada at the Community

            Health Research Unit, University of Ottawa, Canada.


Example 3


      In-Text Citation (Paraphrase): 

      (Ontario Ministry of Health, 1994)


      In-Text Citation (Quotation):

      (Ontario Ministry of Health, 1994, p. 7)



      Ontario Ministry of Health. (1994). Selected findings from the mental health

            supplement of the Ontario Health Survey. Ottawa, ON: Queen's Printer

            for Ontario.


Example 4 


      In-Text Citation (Paraphrase): 

      (U. S. Food and Drug Administration, 2004)


      In-Text Citation (Quotation):

      (U. S. Food and Drug Administration, 2004, p. 8)



      U. S. Food and Drug Administration/Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. (2004).

            Worsening depression and suicidality in patients being treated with antidepressant

            medications: FDA public health advisory. Washington, DC: Author.


Government Documents often have a group/corporate author listed instead of a specific person's name. The author may be the name of a department, commitee or agency.

When the government department, agency or committee that created the document is also the publisher, put the word Author where you'd normally put the publisher name.


Capitalize the first letter of the first word of the title. If there is a colon (:) in the title, also capitalize the first letter of the first word after the colon.

Capitalize the first letter of proper names in titles, such as names of places or people. Example: Canada

Place of Publication

For cities in the US and Canada list the city name and the province or state code. For other countries, list the city name and the country. Examples: Toronto, ON ; Tokyo, Japan

Electronic Government Documents

Many government documents are now published electronically as well as in print. Don't include the place of publication or a publisher for an electronic book (ebook). Instead provide the url and the date you last viewed the document.