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MLA Style Guide, 7th Edition: Government Publication

This is a guide for MLA Style. It is based on the Modern Language Association of America's MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, Seventh Edition.

Special Notes for Government Publications

If you cite two or more works published by the same government, substitute three hyphens for the name in each subsequent entry. If you cite more than one work by the same agency, use an additional three hyphens to replace the agency name. See section 5.5.20. in the MLA manual.

Government Publication

Follow this general format for government documents:

Name of the State or Country. Name of Department or Agency. Title of Document. Place of Publication: Publisher, Year. Medium of Publication.

  • Use recommended abbreviations from the MLA manual. Refer to 7.4 for common abbreviations.
Material Type           In-text Citation              Works Cited                                                        

Print government document

 

(US, Cong., House 8)

MLA suggests that you include a long government name and/or title in the text of your document. Place the page number only in the parenthetical citation (6.4.5).

United States. Cong. House. Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Al-Qaeda: The Many Faces of an Islamist Extremist Threat. 109th Cong. 2nd sess. H. Rept. 615. Washington: GPO, 2006. Print.

---. ---. Senate. (---, ---, replaces United States. Cong.)

---Dept. of Labor. Child Care: A Workforce Issue. Washington: GPO, 1988. Print. (---, replaces United States.)

Online government document (with personal author)

MLA suggests that you include a long government name and/or title in the text of your document.

OR

United States. Dept. of Criminal Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Law Enforcement and Juvenile Crime. By Howard N. Snyder. 2001. National Criminal Justice Reference Service. Web. 2 June 2011.  

OR                                                         

 

(Snyder) 

Snyder, Howard. Law Enforcement and Juvenile Crime. 2001. Dept. of Criminal Justice. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. National Criminal Justice Reference Service. Web. 2 June 2011.

If the publication has a personal author, you may begin the entry with the author's name. Or, you can begin the citation with the name of the government agency and follow the title with the word, By (Comp.or Ed.) and the author's name.

Title of the document and title of the website are italicized (5.6.2c).