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Government Documents - Always Fresh, Always Exciting: Citing Government Documents

This guide covers the basics of finding and using government documents and provides links to various governmental and public resources.

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Finding information and examples for citing Canadian Government Publications in specific styles can be hard. Patrons are often directed to the Canadian Guide To Uniform Legal Citation (Main Library, Second Floor  KE259. C35 2010)  - this item has information about the parts of a citation, but does not discuss APA, Chicago, MLA and so on.

On this page, I have outlined several online sources (thanks to our friends in other Canadian Universities for posting their guides) that may help you.

As well, I asked the BU Academic Skills Centre to provide some sample entries in APA and Chicago style for Government Documents from our Library so you may see some additional examples. The Skills Centre is the go-to resource for assistance with your writing questions - constructing an essay, creating citations, and so on.

Government Document Citations

With the assistance of the BU Academic Skills Centre, and other institutions across Canada (who generously post information online), we have gathered together a collection of guides to help you create citations for Government Documents.

Within this tab you will find:

Online Guides for Citing Government Documents

Sample APA References List

Sample Chicago Bibliography

Video (from Memorial University - a video on citation creation for Government Documents)

Be aware that each sample is only one interpretation of how the rules best fit the example shown. Other interpretations are possible. 

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Heather Coulter
Gov Docs Office
Second Floor - North Stacks