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Citing Government Documents: American Psychological Association

According to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. 6th ed. (2010). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. Revised January 2010 Contents

Executive Agency Document



Document with a personal author

Force, R. (2004). Admiralty and maritime law. Washington, DC: Government Printing Office.


Document with personal authors, multivolume work

Johnston, L. D., O'Malley, P. M., Backman, J. G., & Schulenberg, J. E. (2003). Monitoring the future: National

survey results on drug use, 1975 - 2003. (Vols. 1-2). (NIH Publication No. 04-5507). Bethesda, MD:

National Institute on Drug Abuse. 


Agency as author

Federal Aviation Administration. (2004). Seaplane, skiplane, and float/ski equipped helicopter operations

handbook (FAA-H-8083-23). Washington, DC: Government Printing Office.


»»NOTE: If the issuing agency has assigned a report, contract, or series number, give it in parentheses after the title. Do

not use a period between title and parentheses. (p. 205)


Citing an entire multivolume work

National Bioethics Advisory Commission. (1997). Cloning human beings: Report and recommendations of the

National Bioethics Advisory Commission (Vols. 1-2). Washington, DC: Government Printing Office.


»»NOTE: If the above title had been published over more than one year, the years would appear as (1995-1997) after the agency. The text citation would be: (National Bioethics Advisory Commission, 1995-1997). Name of commission capitalized because it is a proper name. (p. 204)


Multivolume set, only one volume used

National Bioethics Advisory Commission. (1997). Cloning human beings, Vol. II: Commissioned papers.

Washington, DC: Government Printing Office.


»»NOTE: If the volume used does not have a distinctive subtitle, use "(Vol. 2)" after the title.


Editor(s) (no author)

Gough, L. P. & Wilson, F. H. (Eds.). (2001). Geological studies in Alaska by the U. S. Geological Survey, 1999.

(U. S. Geological Survey Professional Paper 1633). Washington, DC: Government Printing Office.

Series with personal author

Hiatt, J. (2003). Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. (Cultural Landscape Report). Atlanta, GA: National

Park Service.

Series with a corporate author

Technical Working Group for Education and Training in Forensic Science. (2004). Education and training in

forensic science: A guide for forensic science laboratories, educational institutions, and students. (NIJ

Special Report NCJ 203099). Washington, DC: National Institute of Justice.


Work other than first edition

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and

Science Education. (2004). The guidebook of federal resources for K-12 mathematics and science. (6th

ed.). Washington, DC: Government Printing Office.


»»NOTE: Use the name of the department, office, subagency, or institute that was responsible for the document and, if this agency isn't well known, also give the name of the higher level department to which it belongs.