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Citing government documents in APA

The publication manual provides guidelines for citing reports and gray literature in section 10.4.

The format is essentially the same. The author may be a group, task force, government agency, or other organization. The publisher may be a professional organization or government agency. 

The guide from Northern Michigan University linked below provides comprehensive examples and instructions, but the manual is still the definitive source.

Technical and research reports

Author Listed

Author's Last Name, Author's Initials. (Year). Title of work (Report No. 123). Publisher.

Group or Agency as Author

Name of Agency. (Date). Title of work (Report No. 123). Publisher.

  • Note on abbreviations: For the the first in-text or parenthetical citation, spell out the name completely. In subsequent citations, abbreviating the name of longer groups is acceptable if the abbreviation is familiar or easy to understand.
  • If the author is the same as the publisher, omit Publisher from the citation.
  • Include URL after Publisher if accessed online.

United States Department of Commerce. (2015, October 2). A snapshot of monthly manufacturing statistics in the United States (MFG15-M3). United States Census Bureau.