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APA Citation Style, 6th edition: Government Document

A guide to help users create citations using APA (American Psychological Association) style, 6th edition.

Online Government Document (p. 205)

For more tips on citing government sources, check out the Government Publication section under the Books tab.

General Format

      In-Text Citation (Paraphrase): 
      (Government Author, Year)
      In-Text Citation (Quotation):
      (Government Author, Year, page or paragraph number [if available])
      Government Name. Name of Government Agency. (Year). Title of document: Subtitle
            (Report No. xxx [if available]). Retrieved from URL of specific document
      In-Text Citation (Paraphrase): 
      (Environment Canada, 2004)
      In-Text Citation (Quotation):
      (Environment Canada, 2004)
      Environment Canada. Canadian Wildlife Service. (2004). The 1995 peregrine falcon
            survey in Canada. U. Banasch & G. Holroyd (Eds). (Occasional Paper no. 110).
            Retrieved from
TIP: To abbreviate or not abbreviate?
QUESTION:  If I am citing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the in-text citation, do I need to use the full name or can I just use CDC?

ANSWER: Corporate author names (corporations, organizations, and government agencies) that are readily identified by an abbreviation you should include the full name in the first citation along with the abbreviation in brackets and then all other subsequent in-text citations use the abbreviation.

Example: First in-text citation
  • (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2014)
Example: Subsequent in-text citations
  • (CDC, 2014)

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