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MLA Citation Style Guide: Government Publication

This guide contains examples of common citation formats in MLA (Modern Language Association) Style

Government Publication (174-177, 224)

MLA recommends including long names in the text ("A study by the United States Department of Labor indicated...") rather than using an extended parenthetical reference.
 
General Format (when the author is not a specific person) 
 
      Parenthetical Citation: 
      (National Government page number)
 
      Works Cited:
      National Government. Name of Government Agency. Title: Subtitle. Place of
 
            Publication: Publisher, Year. Medium.
  
Example 
 
      Parenthetical Citation:
      (United States 49)
 
      Works Cited:
      United States. Dept. of Labor. Employment and Training Administration. Dictionary
 
               of Occupational Titles. 4th ed. Washington: GPO, 1977. Print
 
Example 2 (Government Website)
 
      Parenthetical Citation:
      (United States)
 
      Works Cited:
      United States. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Dept. of Labor. "Librarians." Occupational
 
           Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition. Washington: GPO, 2010. 270-73. U.S Bureau
 
           of Labor Statistics. Web.  4 Nov. 2010. <http://www.bls.go/oco/ocos068.htm>.

Government Report (p.175)

Square brackets indicate appropriate information to include if given.
 
General Format   
 
      Parenthetical Citation: 
      (Report Name page number)
    
     Works Cited:
       Government. Agency Name. Title: Subtitle. [Number and Session of Congress].
 
            [house - S or HR]. [Report Number].   Place of Publication: Publisher,
 
            Year. Website Name. Website Sponsor. Medium. Date of Website Access.
 
       
Example (from a Government Website)
 
      Parenthetical Citation:
         (2008 Joint Economic Report 326)
 
      Works Cited
 
      United States. Congress. The 2008 Joint Economic Report: Report of the Joint
 
            Economic Committee, Congress of the United States, on the 2008 Economic
 
            Report of the President, Together With Minority Views. 111th Cong., 1st
 
            sess. Report 111-1. Washington: GPO, 2009. GPO. U.S. Government
 
            Printing Office. Web. 28 July 2009.

Government Document with an Author/Editor (p.176)

General Format   
 
      Parenthetical Citation: 
      (Author Surname page number)
 
            OR
 
      (National Government page number)
 
      Works Cited:
       Author. Title: Subtitle. Name of Government Agency.   Place of
 
            Publication: Publisher, Year. Medium.
     
             OR
 
      National Government. Name of Government Agency. Title: Subtitle. By Author. Place of
 
            Publication: Publisher, Year. Medium.
  
Example 
 
      Parenthetical Citation:
      (Pillsbury 49)
 
            OR
 
      (United States 49)
 
      Works Cited:
      Pillsbury, Michael. China Debates the Future Security Environment.  Institute for
 
            National Strategic Studies. Washington: National Defense University Press,
 
            2000. Print.
 
               OR
 
      United States. Dept. of Defense. Institute for National Strategic Studies. China
 
            Debates the Future Security Environment. By Michael Pillsbury. Washington:
 
            National Defense University Press, 2000. Print.