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MLA Style Guide, 8th Edition: Government Publication

This LibGuide reflects the changes to MLA style as directed by the MLA Handbook, Eighth Edition.

Government Publication

When an entry starts with a government agency as the author, begin the entry with the name of the government (e.g. United States), followed by a comma and the name of the agency. Between them, add any organizational unites of which the agency is part (as, e.g., the House of Representatives is part of Congress). All the names are arranged from the largest entity to the smallest.

For the parenthetical citation, also list all of the administrative units in order from largest to smallest. Abbreviate commonly abbreviated words like Dept. 

Material Type In-text Citation Works Cited

Print government document

 

(United States, Congress, House, Committee on the Judiciary 14)

United States, Congress, House, Committee on the Judiciary. Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, December 1, 2015. Government Printing Office, 2015.

Including the number and session of Congress, the chamber, and the type and number of the publication is optional and is added to the end of entry.

---, ---, Senate. 

When documenting two or more works by the same government, substitute three hyphens for any name repeated from the author in the previous entry.

[---, ---, ] replaces [United States, Congress,]

---, Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

[---,] replaces United States,

Online government document

(United States, Dept. of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 3)

United States, Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "Controlling Mosquitoes at Home." Zika Virus, 5 May 2016, www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/controlling-mosquitoes-at-home.html.

Online government document with a personal author

(United States, Dept. of Criminal Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention 2) 

United States, Department of Criminal Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. "Law Enforcement and Juvenile Crime." National Criminal Justice Reference Service, by Howard Snyder, Dec. 2001, www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/191031.pdf.