This guide provides general principles for citing US Government documents in student research papers in APA format, along with examples by type of document.
Types of Documents not addressed by APA
In cases where the APA style manual does not specifically address the type of document in question, suggested examples in this guide are based on The Bluebook: A uniform system of citation, adapted to APA style.
The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation. Olin Library, Ready Reference Shelves. KF 245.U58 21st ed. 2020
For additional guidance on citing court cases, statutes and regulations, see also: Introduction to Basic Legal Citation (online ed. 2020), by Peter W. Martin.
Citing Foreign Jurisdictions
Table 2 Foreign Jurisdictions from The Bluebook has moved online.
MLA Citation Style
See Documenting Legal Works in MLA Style.
Style Manuals Consulted -- Print Editions
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association byPublication Date: 2020Chaper 11: Legal References (p.355)
The Bluebook: A Uniform System of CitatonCall Number: KF245 .U58, Latest ed in ReferencePublication Date: 21st ed. 2020The definitive style guide for legal citation.
A note on the Chicago Manual of Style
The Chicago Manual of Style offers extensive guidance for citing US and some international and foreign documents, beginning with section 14.281.