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.

T2 Foreign Jurisdictions

MLA Citation Style

See Documenting Legal Works in MLA Style.



Style Manuals Consulted -- Print Editions

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.